With a view to improving infant mortality rate (IMR) and maternal mortality rate (MMR) in Haryana, seven districts - Hisar, Jind, Panipat, Palwal, Mewat, Bhiwani and Mahendragarh - have been identified as high-priority districts (HPDs).
Anuradha Gupta, additional secretary-cum-mission director, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) announced this in Chandigarh on Friday.
Prior to chairing a workshop on “state consultation for intensification and harmonisation of efforts in HPDs for improved maternal and child health outcomes”, Gupta said NRHM would run special programmes in these HPDs for vaccination, nutritional needs and to provide more health facilities to mothers and children, which could improve their health.
Besides, incentives would be given to specialists, nurses and other staff members in these HPDs. She said United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) would provide technical assistance in these programmes.
Principal secretary, health, Navraj Sandhu, laid emphasis on the need for a holistic approach to end preventable child deaths. She said a comprehensive approach was required that included not only increasing coverage of key child survival interventions, but also the related social determinants such as girls' education, adolescent health, maternal nutrition and environmental determinants.
The officials of the state health department estimate that about 24,000 infants die every year in Haryana while the maternal mortality is 800 a year primarily because of the lack of awareness and wrong treatments by quacks or ill-trained self-styled doctors. Haryana stands on 27 number in IMR among 35 states and union territories in the country and seventh in MMR.
Indicators revealed that the seven districts required maximum and immediate intervention of the health department workforce. The indicators included number of average institutional deliveries, reporting during pregnancy, proportion of children getting all immunisations, reporting of antenatal and post-natal cases and number of families adopting methods for family planning. The officials, who claim to have best available partners, said that they had an adequate number of auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs) and nurses with best available tools and techniques with which they would focus on the said districts.