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Health staff told to reduce child mortality

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Comparing the deplorable statistics of Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) of Andhra Pradesh with other States in south India, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu gave a call to the medical and health department staff to take the challenge of reversing the situation at the earliest.

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Tirupati: Comparing the deplorable statistics of Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) of Andhra Pradesh with other States in south India, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu gave a call to the medical and health department staff to take the challenge of reversing the situation at the earliest.


The Chief Minister, along with Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas released the vials of Pentavalent vaccine at Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswa Vidya-layam in Tirupati on Thursday. This vaccine will protect the children against Diphtheria, Tetanus (DPT), Hepatitis B, Pertussis and pneumonia and also reduces the number injections being administered to infants from nine to three.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu holding a child while launching Pentavalent vaccine at S V M Auditorium in Tirupati on Thursday

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister suggested that the medical and health department staff, particularly field staff engaged in immunisation programmes, to work in a planned way to improve the health of women and children. Of the 3.7 lakh children below five years dying world wide due to preventable diseases 20 per cent are Indian children, he said and asked the Anganwadi, ANMs and ASHA workers to work in tandem to increase institutional deliveries along with ensuring cent percent immunisation of children to prevent maternal and infant mortality.


Tablets to ASHAs and ANMs

The CM said they were giving tablet PCs to ASHA workers and ANMs so that their work of registering pregnant women, their regular checkups, immunisation of children, etc will be become easier. The State government on its part, he said, was making renewed efforts for women


education, bringing down poverty, improve sanitation through promotion of individual toilets, personal hygiene as part of other measures which also help in bringing down MMR and IMR. Earlier, Medical and Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas said that the government decided to provide the Pentavalent vaccine, which costs about Rs 1,800 to Rs 2,000 in the market, free of cost under its immunization programme.

Their aim is to cover all the children in the State with the Centre sponsoring the supply of the vaccine in collaboration with UNICEF, he added. Forest and Environment Minister B Gopalakrishna Reddy, local MLA M Suguna, Medical and Health Department Principal Secretary LV Subrahmanyam, Commissioner Lav Agarwal, District Collector Siddharth Jain and others were present.

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