Yadgir still deprived of neonatal care unit Infant mortality rate is high in border district

Mallesh Nayakanahatti

Yadgir: Between April and December a total of 250 new born babies died in the district indicating the need for advanced medical facilities in the district. According to Reproductive and Child Health programme of district Health & Family Welfare Department during the last nine months 250 infants died.

The department officials themselves admit that lack of neonatal care unit in the district was the main cause for such a high percentage of infant mortality in the district.

The government had launched number of schemes, including Janani Suraksha, Madilu, Tayibhagya and Janani Shishu Suraksha for the comprehensive medical care of infants in the hospitals. The government had been spending ~ 750 every month on the medical check-up for the children in the age group of six months to six years in the primary health centres. Still the number of infant deaths could not be reduced alarming the gravity of the situation.

The department statistics explained that 49 new born babies died on the day of their birth itself. Within three to four days 37, within seven days 26, and within a month 38 babies died. Surpur taluk is in the top among the taluks where the death of infants was more. A total of 115 babies died in various villages of Surpur taluk. Yadgir taluk stood second. The reasons attributed to such deaths was poor infrastructure facilities in district hospital, malnutrition, anaemia, low weight and others. However, due to heart related ailments 29 new born babies died while 39 died due to suffocation during the insecure delivery.

The whole medical service in Surpur taluk was affected due to shortage of medical staff. All the medical posts were vacant in the health centres here while nursing staff was also not sufficient. The gynaecologist’s post was vacant in Shahapur taluk hospital too. The non availability of suitable and timely medical treatments had been resulting in the death of infants, the sources explained.

District Health Officer Diwakar Malige said that the government had been paying special salary for the specialised doctors. Even when a salary of Rs 1.30 lakh was announced for the specialists the qualified doctors had not been joining the government hospitals. Therefore, the posts remained vacant in Surpur and Shahapur taluks. Most of the doctors prefer working in private hospitals and therefore the situation turned tough, he explained.

Courtesy; DH 

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