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9th November 2016
WHO new recommendations for antenatal care increase number of antenatal visits
WHO has issued a new series of 49 recommendations to improve quality of antenatal care to reduce the risk of stillbirths and pregnancy complications and give women a positive pregnancy experience. 
The new recommendations increase the number of contacts a pregnant woman has with health providers throughout her pregnancy from four to eight (minimum) starting in the first 12 weeks of gestation, with subsequent contacts taking place at 20, 26, 30, 34, 36, 38 and 40 weeks’ gestation. The idea is to improve adoption of preventive measures, timely detection of risks and complications leading to reduced maternal and perinatal mortality. Other key recommendations include:
  • Counselling about healthy eating and keeping physically active during pregnancy.
  • Daily oral iron and folic acid supplementation with 30 mg to 60 mg of elemental iron and 400 µg (0.4 mg) folic acid to prevent maternal anemia, puerperal sepsis, low birth weight, and preterm birth.
  • Tetanus toxoid vaccination for all pregnant women, depending on previous tetanus vaccination exposure, to prevent neonatal mortality from tetanus.
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Preventive vaccinations

India is a global hub of infectious disorders which claim a high burden of morbidity and mortality. Most of these diseases are preventable using vigilant immunisation.
As such diseases put a great burden on the healthcare and economic setting of India, raising awareness about preventive vaccinations available for children and adults is important.
New Delhi, 9th Nov, 2016: Infectious diseases constitute about 30% of the country’s total disease burden. Diseases like Tuberculosis, malaria, viral hepatitis and influenza remain a major cause of illness, disability, and death. In India, vaccine-preventable infections kill more individuals annually than any other health conditions. Approximately 1.5 million people die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases in India.
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