Despite topping the neonatal mortality rate in the state, Barmer district is still awaiting stringent steps from the government to prevent it.
The government had approved first referral units (FRUs) in Barmer six years ago, but so far, no staff has been provided.
According to a medical department official, the FRU needs at least one gynecologist, anesthetic, pediatrician and some paramedical staff to begin the work. Dr. SK Singh Bisht, chief medical and health officer (CMHO) of Barmer, said the government had sanctioned the FRUs, but has not provided staff due to which they could not operate.
According to the Annual Health Survey (AHS), 2012-13 released on March 4, 2014, Barmer topped the neo-natal mortality rate with 53. Besides, Barmer also topped the Under Five Mortality Rate (U5MR) and was ranked two in the state’s infant mortality rate (IMR).
Reports show that the state IMR was 60.
Similarly, Barmer maternal death rate was 262 deaths per 100,000 births against that of the state, which was 255 deaths per 100,000 live births. It has been mentioned that country’s maternal mortality rate was 178 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to the AHS report. In Barmer, the government had sanctioned FRU’s at Baytu, Sheo, Pachpadra, Gudamalani, Sindhary, Siwana and Kalyanpur. According to the Barmer medical department official data, only three gynecologists, two anesthetic, two pediatricians are available in the district.