One in ten babies in Cyprus is born prematurely, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said yesterday.
According to World Health Organization figures, Cyprus ranks 13th in the world among countries with the most preterm births.
Speaking in a press conference for World Prematurity Day, Ioannou said that these figures reveal in the most clear way that the state needs to inform the public and raise awareness about preterm births and their multiple consequences on the family and social fabric.
The conference was organized by the charity “Love Incubator.”
President of the charity, Elena Malmidouri Hadhijanna said that 14,9 million children are born prematurely in the world every year.
“500,000 of them are born in Europe,” the Minister added, “which amounts between 6,3%-11,4% of all births.”
India is the country with the most preterm births in the world, with 3,519,100 per year. China is second with 1,172,300.