Kayumba Malick, Minisante spokesperson told IGIHE that on Christmas the births recorded from government-owned hospitals and dispensaries were 826.
On December 26th, 2019, Dr. Nkubito Pascal, Muhima Hospital Director General told IGIHE that 31 children were born in the hospital including 19 born from health centers operating under Muhima Hospital.
Records from the Ministry of Health show that in all private and public hospitals and health centers across the country, 26,253 babies are born in one month, 319,460 per year and 875 per day.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had predicted only 933 children would be born in Rwanda on New Year.
UNICEF shows that on average, the number of births in countries with a high density of population on January 1st, 2020 are around 392,078. Those countries include India(67,385), China (46,299), Nigeria (26,039), Pakistan (16,787), Indonesia (13,020), The United States(10,452), Democratic Republic of Congo (10,247) and Ethiopia (8,493).
UNICEF reported that children mortality is still high and that the causes of death can be prevented. On average, in one year, 2.5 million babies are stillborn.
Rwanda has made strides in reducing children mortality and in November 2019, the Ministry of Health announced that in 7 hospitals in Rwanda, there were no stillborn for the year 2018/19.
Statistics show that the number of obstetricians and midwives have increased in Rwanda from just 1 assigned to 66,749 women to 1 assigned to 4064 women in 2017.
National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) reported that in 2019, the Rwandan population was 12,374,397.