In an effort to bring down infant mortality rate (IMR) in Rajasthan, the state government will provide free diagnosis, medicine and transportation and other support to sick children up to one year of age under the Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojana (JSSY).
“An order has been issued in this regard to all chief medical and health officers in the state,” said Naveen Jain, mission director, National Health Mission (NHM) on Wednesday.
Under the programme, sick children up to one year of age will be provided free diagnosis and medicines with immediate effect. They will also be provided with free transportation facility to take them to hospital and back home.
Besides, their blood and other requirements would also be taken care of free-of-cost, Jain said.
Till now, such facility was available to the children aged up to 30 days.
The NHM mission director said as per the sample registration system (SRS) survey 2010-12, IMR in Rajasthan was 49 per 1,000 live births and it has to be brought down to 28 per 1,000 live births, as per the millennium development goal (MDG) by the end of 2015. Similarly, the under-five mortality rate, which was 59 per 1,000 live births, needs to be brought down to 38 during the same period, he added.
It is to be mentioned here that 17 lakh children are born every year in Rajasthan and as per the annual health survey 2012-13, 95,438 children die per annum.