HP Govt takes steps to further reduce infant mortality rate

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 21:57

Shimla: The government of Himachal Pradesh,
which enjoys one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the
country, on Wednesday said it is committed to further bring down the
deaths by improving infrastructural facilities.

Currently, child mortality rate in the hill state is 35
against a national average of 55 per 1000 new born children.

Addressing a two-day state level seminar on mother-child
health care through Homeopathy here, state Health Minister
Rajeev Bindal also said most of the gynaecological problems in
pregnant women develop due to anemia.

"The government has launched a scheme to make the state
anemia free by 2013. Nearly 8.50 lakh people have so far been
examined for anaemia in Sirmour and Kangra districts and
necessary treatment provided to those found affected by the
disease," he said.

Bindal said the `anemia-free` campaign would be extended
to all districts by January 27 next year.

With a view to educate pregnant women about their health,
all panchayats would be provided with women health workers.
Also women were being persuaded for institutional delivery
through trained nurses at home, the minister said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 21:57

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