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32 newborn stabilization units set up

Alarmed at the mortality rate of children in the state within 0-5 years of age, the health department will be setting up 32 newborn stabilization units where proper care will be provided to the infants under the observation of pediatrics under First Referral Units( FRU).

The mortality rate in the state is 59 per 1000 live births according to the latest data of Annual Health Survey (AHS). It has been noticed that most of the children die within 0-1 month of age. "The reasons behind the deaths are breathing problem, under weight and congenital abnormalities. Two special care new born units have been set up in Ghatsila and Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS). This apart, it was also found 50 per cent children are anaemic here. For such children iron and folic acid syrup is being provided along with Albendazole tablets," said deputy director of health services A K Prasad, laying emphasis on the importance of institutional deliveries.
 

According to the AHS the infant mortality rate in the state is 41 per 1000 live births and the neo natal mortality is 27 per 1000 live births. As far as malnourishment among children is concerned, Prasad said till now 11,000 children have been treated for malnourishment out of 37,000 identified cases. "There are malnourishment treatment centres (MTC) and some more are going to come up in the near future. There are 61 MTC's. Now there will be an increase and seven more such centres will come up thus raising the level to 68 by the end of this year," Prasad said. In a year, there are 8.9 lakh newborns in Jharkhand according to the AHS data. Prasad said the immunization has reached to 64 per cent and 36 per cent are still left who have to be brought under the immunization programme. "The immunization programme is provided for protection against seven diseases including TB, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B and measles. The problem is that people are not aware. We need to spread word so that people especially mothers treat the immunization programme as their right," he said.

The state health department claims that the health parameters have improved. Pointing to the success rate of some of the programmes, the civil surgeon of Sadar hospital, A K Chaudhary, said, "The Janani Surakhsha Yojana (JSK) has reached new heights as the rate of JSK has increased from 13.9 per cent in 2003 to 40 per cent. Similarly, the immunization programme has increased from 9 per cent in 2000 to 64 per cent. We are trying our best so that the benefits of the scheme reaches the people in rural areas for whom the programmes have been designed." source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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