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Okinawa grapples with lack of NICU facilities

Date Posted: 2010-08-26

Okinawa is facing uncertainty with its NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Units) due to a lack of beds, an increase in newborns who weigh less than 2500g, an increase in births with serious injuries, and lack of artificial breathing respirators.

Medical administrators say it is not enough to only focus on the NICU problem, noting there is a need to address care for pregnant womenís health and family and working conditions that impact the health of the newborns. According to a nationwide survey conducted by a medical committee on the condition of the NICUís, 76% recommended an increase in the number of doctors who treat newborn babies, and an increase in the number of beds. This, they note, will result in the need to increase the number of nurses.

The number of doctors currently working in NICUís nationwide is not sufficient and they are working in stressful conditions. Intern doctors are mostly inclined not to work as NICU doctors in the future. This will create a shortage of NICU doctors in the future, and this problem should be addressed soon.

Compared to the rest of Japan, Okinawa has a high rate of low-weight newborns; whereas the rest of Japan has a 9.7% rate. Okinawa has an11.8% low-weight births level. Doctors say the high rate is caused by lack of proper nutrition. Okinawan women getting pregnant at a late age, and smoking during pregnancy. Doctors contend it is not sufficient that only parents support the newborns, saying society has a responsibility to protect and support them as well.

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