Haryana to bring down maternal mortality rate

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Faridabad, Jan 10 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said the state government had aimed at reducing maternal mortality rate to less than 100 by the year 2010 from 162 per lakh live births at present.

Mr Hooda stated this in his inaugural address at the two-day meet on Millenium Development Goals with Focus on Maternal Mortality in South Asian Countries organised by the India Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development at Suraj Kund tourist complex in Faridabad district.

Mr Hooda the state government had introduced a number of schemes to reduce Maternal and Infant Mortality rates and had given high priority to the promotion of clean and safe delivery practices especially in rural areas for making the Maternal Health Programme broad based and client-friendly.

He said the state government had implemented several schemes like ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists), "Janani Suraksha Yojna", "Janani Suvidha Yojna", "Sakhi" and "Vikalp" besides upgrading the health institutions with additional medical and para-medical staff.

Under the Janani Suraksha Yojana, cash incentives ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 800 were being given to the BPL and scheduled castes families mothers in rural and urban areas for undergoing institutional and home deliveries, the Chief Minister added.

He also announced to increase cash incentive for mothers belonging to Scheduled Caste families by Rs 1500 from next financial year.

Mr Hooda said that additional 2285 ANMs had been employed at all sub-centres as trained human resource to ensure better delivery services and under the ASHA scheme, 14000 community level link workers had been identified to address the health needs of rural population.

To promote institutional deliveries, provision had been made to make Community Health Centres and Primary Health centres work round the clock with availability of atleast one medical officer or nurse beyond normal working hours, he said.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee of IAPPD and MP P J Kurien Chairperson of National Women Commission Girija Vyas also addressed the meet which was being attended by the delegates from India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.


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