Submited on: 21 Sep 2010 01:16:26 PM GMT
Published on: 21 Sep 2010 04:43:42 PM GMT
Discarding the Newborn Babies in Malaysia
Posted by Dr. Ogunlesi TA on 11 Apr 2011 01:27:42 PM GMT

1 Is the subject of the article within the scope of the subject category? Yes
2 Are the interpretations / conclusions sound and justified by the data? No
3 Is this a new and original contribution? No
4 Does this paper exemplify an awareness of other research on the topic? Yes
5 Are structure and length satisfactory? No
6 Can you suggest brief additions or amendments or an introductory statement that will increase the value of this paper for an international audience? Yes
7 Can you suggest any reductions in the paper, or deletions of parts? No
8 Is the quality of the diction satisfactory? Yes
9 Are the illustrations and tables necessary and acceptable? No
10 Are the references adequate and are they all necessary? No
11 Are the keywords and abstract or summary informative? Yes
  • Other Comments:


    The author presented his opinion about the problem of baby abandonment in Malaysia and related this grievous act against the background of teenage pregnancy and unwanted pregnancies.

    I feel the title is catchy but babies are not objects that could be discarded. Thus, it may just be better to change the title to “The menace of Baby abandonment in Malaysia”

    The background information about the problem of increased adolescent sexuality in many parts of the world is quite relevant but the statements should have been referenced appropriately.

    The author highlighted increased communication and social opportunities of teenagers as factors exaggerating their physiologically-increased sexuality. It would have been more helpful if the author had provided appropriate data on contraceptive use, sex education and fertility awareness among Malaysian teenagers or if such data are not available, use data from countries with similar socio-cultural characteristics in order to make the article scientific.

    The article appears to focus more on the social aspect of teenage pregnancy than the medical issues of teenage birth and baby abandonment. I expected to read medical problems associated with teenage pregnancy and the morbidities in babies of teenagers and outcome of abandoned infants. These would buttress the magnitude of the problem as a medical issue. The title is about “discarding babies” and there is virtually nothing about the health of abandoned babies in the article.

    Recommendations about legalizing teenage marriage and the termination of teenage pregnancies as a solution to the menace of baby abandonment constitute both moral and medical challenges. Appropriate medico-legal citations should be used against the background of the culture and legal provisions in Malaysia.

    The conclusion of the article was actually used to introduce the discussion of predisposing factors and that is inappropriate.

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    I am a neonaatologist practicing in the developing world where we are frequently confronted with 'abandoned' babies.

  • How to cite:  TA O .Discarding the Newborn Babies in Malaysia[Review of the article 'Discarding the Newborn Babies in Malaysia ' by Najimudeen M].WebmedCentral 2011;2(4):WMCRW00660
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