The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said an estimated 3,227 babies will be born in Afghanistan on New Year’s Day.
According to a statement released by UNICEF, Afghan babies will be part the estimated 395,072 babies to be born on New Year’s Day.
“In cities around the world, revelers will welcome not only the New Year with great festivities but also their newest and tiniest residents. As the clock strikes midnight, Sydney will greet an estimated 168 babies, followed by 310 in Tokyo, 605 in Beijing, 166 in Madrid and finally, 317 in New York,” the statement said.
According to UNICEF, Fiji in the Pacific will most likely deliver 2019’s first baby while the last baby will be born in United States.
A total of 99,183 babies will be born in South Asia alone, representing one quarter of all babies born, UNICEF said, adding that out of which 69944 babies would born in India, 15112 babies in Pakistan, 8428 in Bangladesh, 1591 in Nepal, 822 in Sri Lanka, 40 in Bhutan, and 19 n Maldives.
“This New Year Day, let’s all make a resolution to fulfill every right of every child, starting with the right to survive,” says Stefano Savi, Deputy Representative, UNICEF Afghanistan. “We can save millions of babies if we invest in training and equipping local health workers so that every newborn is born into a safe pair of hands.”