Report of World Prematurity Day Alex-Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital Abakaliki.


  • We commenced the activities of the WPD 2021 at our center by awareness creation.
  • Posters were made which was shared on various social media handles creating awareness and inviting people to the activities of the day.
  • Invitation and sponsorship letters were sent to office of the first lady, NGOs, pharmaceutical companies, hospital management, peripheral hospitals inviting them to the event. 


  • We kick started the celebration of the WPD 2021 with a or road walk.
  • The participants were a group of health workers (medical consultants, resident doctors, nurses, health assistants), administrative staff, security staff, members of NGOs and medical students.
  • Our walk was led by a team of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officers who guided the group. We also had a musical band group entertaining the group with music.
  • During the walk, we stopped at two strategic market areas, and we created awareness on what world prematurity day was about. The people were encouraged to support the survival of premature infants by bringing them to the hospital where adequate care can be provided for them.
  • These health awareness talks were given in English, Igbo, Hausa and Abakaliki local dialect.
  • Questions from the crowd were addressed.
  • The walk which started from AEFUTHA facility, ended same place and participants were entertained with drinks and snacks after the walk.
  • The next series of events for the day were the lecture series on this year’s WPD.
  • This event took place in AEFUTHA auditorium. In attendance was the Chief Medical (CMD) of AEFUTHA,  Dr Emeka Onwe (who is a Neonatologist). Others present at the event  include, Head of Nursing Service, Director of administration, Chairman Medical Advisory Committee  of AEFUTHA, Heads Of Departments of  Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, doctors, nurses and  administrative staff,  medical students.
  • CEO AMURT, representatives from Mile 4 hospital, Mater hospital, mothers whose preterm infants were managed in our hospital facility.
  • Our First lecture was on the theme of this year’s WPD : Zero separation, Act now, keep parents and babies born too soon together by Dr Onwe Linda.
  • The second lecture was on our case series of burns in neonates managed in our facility. This was followed with the centre’s experience in care of premature infants by Dr Obu Chinwe.
  • The 3rd lecture was on nursing care in the management of the preterm infants by Nurse Amaka.
  • The 4th lecture was on Improving  nutrition in the preterm  infant  by Dr Daniyan Olapeju.
  • Goodwill messages from the CMD and invited  guest were delivered  during the event
  • We collected data from Health care Workers on the KAP on prematurity.
  • We rounded up the day’s activity with birthday celebration of our Newborn Head of Unit (Dr Obum Ezeanosike), refreshments, dance and photographs.


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