New Delhi: In new initiatives to tackle maternal and infant mortality, the Union Health Ministry plans to ensure free medicines and diet for pregnant women in government hospitals from next month and monitor immunization status of children in states through a tracking system.
Azad said this system has already been tried. "I myself checked it by calling in some telephone numbers but found that in only six cases out of 10 genuine numbers have been given."He said a BPO type system is being set up in the ministry to verify the authenticity and accuracy of data provided by state governments and follow up on the needed interventions.On polio, he said the number of cases has come down to 42 last year from 741 in 2009 after introducing bivalent vaccine. This year so far, only one case has come up. PTI
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