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Measures to bring down maternal, infant mortality

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 01:24 IST

A TWO-DAY Satellite Conference, organised by Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society of India (FOGSI), concluded on Sunday after long-drawn scientific deliberations – mainly through satellite connectivity.

Earlier while inaugurating the conference on Saturday, the state health minister Ajay Vishnoi said that the state government is committed to bring down mother and infant mortality rate and positive results have been obtained from schemes like Janani Surakhsha and Vijaya Raje Janani Bima Kalyan Yojna.

During concluding session on Sunday, eminent gynaecologist from Mumbai Dr Narendra Mehrotra was elected as the national president for year 2008.

The national advisor of Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society of India Dr Behram S Ankalesriya, president Dr Duru Shah and guest from Karachi, Pakistan Dr Rubina Khan were present on the occasion of the inauguration of the conference.

The health minister and officials of FOGSI exchanged views with various doctors and specialists through satellite conference.

Speaking further Vishnoi said that mortality rate is higher among infants than mothers and various activities to bring down mortality rates are being carried out through reproductive and child health programme (RCH) and the positive results are expected from this programme.

To bring down mortality rate, institutional delivery is being promoted through various programmes and cash incentives are being paid to women visiting government hospitals for delivery.

Mobile health clinics are providing medical facilities to the people residing in remote and backward areas. Vishnoi said that the active contribution of FOGSI members could bring down mortality rate.

He appreciated FOGSI’s efforts for promotion of family planning methods and HIV prevention. Earlier VIshnoi garlanded the statue of Goddess Saraswati and inaugurated the programme.

On Sunday, several scientific lectures were delivered by subject experts and were relayed through satellite. President of Bhopal FOGSI Dr Madhuri Chandra, Dr Meenakshi Patel, Dr Anjali Kanhere were present. Secretary Dr Shraddha Agrawal proposed vote of thanks.

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