Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus
Maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) is a disease that is responsible for the deaths of infants. Mothers are also killed by this disease. It occurs because of infection of the unhealed umbilical stump, especially when the umbilical cord had been cut using a non-sterile instrument. Infants who have not got passive immunity from the mother having been immunised are at risk of developing MNT. This disease occurs mainly in developing nations, especially those with underdeveloped healthcare infrastructure. MNT is very uncommon in developed nations. India was proclaimed free of MNT in 2015 by the WHO.