Haryana government plans to have Special Newborn Care Units in all the districts

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Haryana government has a plan to establish Special Newborn Care Units (SNCU) in all 21 districts of the state. Besides, recommendations of India Newborn Action Plan (INAP) are also being implemented in the State.

Health Minister Anil Vij announced this while replying to a question during the Budget Session in Haryana Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday.

Vij said that as per an internal survey of the Health Department, the provisional estimate of Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in the state was 106 per one lakh live births for the period April 2014 to January 2016.The state government was undertaking several initiatives to reduce MMR and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR). The Health Department was laying special emphasis on the health of pregnant women. He said that the Department was working to manage severe anaemia in pregnant women by introducing injectable Iron Sucrose.

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As per Anaemia Tracking Module, in 2012-13, as many as 24 per cent pregnant women were found to be severely anemic at the time of delivery at government health facilities, out of total admitted pregnant women tested for Hemoglobin, Vij told.

After the implementation of injectable Iron Sucrose, the incidence of severely anemic women delivering at health facilities had decreased to eight per cent in 2015-16 till February, 2016. He said that emphasis was also being laid on quality intra-partum and immediate post-natal delivery care services, he told.

The Health Minister said that the department was planning to launch Rotavirus vaccine for prevention of morbidity and mortality due to Rotavirus-associated diarrhea and Inactivated Polio Virus Vaccine (IPV) for prevention of Poliomyelitis in April, 2016. He said that the state government was also strengthening the Maternal and Infant Death Reporting System (MIDRS) and Maternal and Infant Death Reviews.

The State Government was committed to increasing the number of institutional deliveries, Vij said, adding that as per the Central Registration System, institutional deliveries increased from 49 per cent in 2006 to 89.1 per cent in 2015. He said that 391 health facilities have been designated as delivery points for providing round-the-clock delivery care services and have been strengthened by providing additional human resource and up-gradation of labour rooms. As many as 38 facilities have been designated as First Referral Units for providing Caesarian Section service and newborn care services.

Vij said that robust referral transport system was in place to bring pregnant women from home to government health facilities for delivery care services and for dropping back to their homes. Facility Based Newborn Care was being ensured in the State through 22 Special Newborn Care Units, 66 Newborn Stabilising Units and 318 Newborn Care Corners.

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