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Deaths due to birth defects can be prevented: WHO

Deaths due to birth defects can be prevented: WHO
Deaths due to birth defects can be prevented: WHO

Deaths due to birth defects can be prevented : A large number of deaths due to birth defects in children can be prevented through cost-effective measures within the existing health systems, the WHO said on Tuesday. ‘Birth defects are common, costly and critical health challenges globally and particularly in the South-East Asia region which reported 49,000 newborn deaths due to birth defects in 2013,’ Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director for WHO South-East Asia Regional Office, said in a statement.