Call for three-pronged strategy reduce maternal & child mortality
Expressing serious concern over the increasing maternal and infant mortality rates (MMR and IMR) in the country, Union Minister of State for Tourism K Chiranjeevi suggested three-pronged strategy to address health-related issues for women and infants.
- Chiranjeevi stresses a three-pronged strategy to reduce MMR and IMR
- shortage of doctors depriving 50% population of medical aid
Hyderabad: Expressing serious concern over the increasing maternal and infant mortality rates (MMR and IMR) in the country, Union Minister of State for Tourism K Chiranjeevi suggested three-pronged strategy to address health-related issues for women and infants.
Chiranjeevi inaugurated the International Conference on recent advances in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, organized jointly by FOGSI (Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India) and FIGO (International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics) here on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister said under the strategy-crisis management, timely cure early diagnosis and advanced treatment need to be adopted to contain health risks among women and infants. Attributing the shortage of doctors as one of the main reasons for the 50 per cent of the country’s population not getting health and medical facilities, he said that as a result 1.72 million infants were dying every year in the country.
He informed that the Centre’s initiative like National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was showing positive results in reducing MMR and IMR. And his ministry was also taking steps to encourage medical and health tourism so that people can have access to affordable medical facilities. Similarly, he called on private healthcare centres to come forward and join hands with government to strengthen women healthcare facilities. He further said that everyone should participate in ‘save the girl child’ and ‘women empowerment’ missions which are very close to his heart.
FIGO president CN Purandare said that software providing regular health updates of pregnant women to prevent maternal death developed by FOGSI will be launched soon with the support of Union government. Each pregnant woman would be given a unique number through which the details of her health could be tracked till delivery of the child. Badminton champion PV Sindu, FOGSI President Hema Divakar and other international dignitaries were among those present at the event.