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Haryana to Set up 21 Special Newborn Care Units

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29 Aug 2011
By, Hemant Singh
Chandigarh , India

Equipped with a web enabled surveillance system for monitoring these units, they are aimed at bringing down the mother–infant mortality rate
In a bid to bring down the mother–infant mortality rate in the state, Haryana government plans to set up a Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) in all 21 districts of the state and a web enabled surveillance system.

“Right now SNCUs are operational in only six districts of the state: Gurgaon, Faridabad, Yamuna Nagar, Mewat, Ambala and Kaithal. The state government has taken a decision to open SNCU in general hospital of every district. Number of beds will also be increased in all SNCUs,” National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Mission Director Rakesh Gupta said.

Gupta said that the infant mortality rate of Haryana was 51 per 1000 living children which is above the national average of 50. The state ranks 27th in the country in cases of infant mortality.

“This is really a matter of concern for the state government. We are taking concrete steps to improve the IMR and Mother Mortality rate (MMR) which in 2009 was 153 per one lakh live births, placing Haryana on 12th position in the country,” he added.

Stating that the mortally rate of infants was higher during the initial stages of birth, he said the government has launched the ''Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram'', which would provide free services like transportation and treatment to a mother from her day of conceiving to delivery and six weeks post delivery.

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