First lady inaugurates Kangaroo Mother Care Centre

A low-cost initiative where preterm newborns are kept in prolonged skin-to-skin contact with their mothers


APP November 23, 2019
President Arif Alvi, and his wife Samina Alvi, leave after attending the Enthronement Ceremony of Emperor Naruhito of Japan. PHOTO: Reuters

ISLAMABAD: First Lady Samina Arif Alvi inaugurated the capital's first Kangaroo Mother Care Centre set up at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) with support of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday.

Speaking at the initiative she stressed raising awareness among mothers about healthy pregnancy to avert premature births, one of the leading causes of child mortality in Pakistan with 600 newborn deaths per day.

The Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is a low-cost initiative where preterm newborns, as an alternative to incubator, are kept in prolonged skin-to-skin contact with their mothers for natural warmth required for life-saving.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 23rd, 2019.

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