India to Welcome 69,944 Babies on First Day of New Year 2019, Highest in World
An image of a newborn, took birth at 12:20 am in New Delhi on January 1, 2019. | Image Courtesy: UNICEF

New Delhi, January 1: Counting from the clock strikes 12 am on January 1, India will be welcoming as many as 69,944 babies on the first day of the year, said UNICEF in a report on Tuesday. This is by the highest in the world, as China would welcome 44,940 babies in comparison to India.

The report has been published by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, which said that Nigeria would be the third country in the list, welcoming 25,685 babies. Child Labour? 13-Year-Old Boy Hired As Cleaner for UNICEF's Children's Day Event in Delhi's Thyagaraj Stadium.

According to the UNICEF, 2019 also marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the global organisation would be commemorating this with events planned worldwide throughout the year.

Stating more, the UNICEF said that under this, the governments are committed to taking appropriate measures to save every child and provide them good quality healthcare.

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Charlotte Petri Gornitzka said, as quoted by PTI, “This New Year Day, let’s all make a resolution to fulfil every right of every child, starting with the right to survive. 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.”

The report further states that an estimated 3,95,072 babies, including 69,944 babies in India, will be born around the world on New Year’s Day. Among those, a quarter will take birth in South Asia alone, said the UNICEF report.