HP Govt takes steps to further reduce infant mortality rate

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.