Punjab health minister Surjeet Kumar Jyani said all districts of the state would have a mother and child care centre.
Speaking after inaugurating a mother and child centre in SAS Nagar on Friday, Jyani said the maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate in Punjab has declined. He said over 50% of deliveries were performed in hospitals and the government was working to provide beast healthcare facilities to mothers and infants.
The minister said of the infant mortality rate in Punjab was 27 (per 1,000 infants) and the maternal mortality rate was 142 (per 1 lakh women) was 142. He said efforts were on to bring the number down. He said the state government would soon recruit 200 doctors
Jyani was in SAS Nagar to inaugurate the mother and child care centre, an extension of the civil hospital at Phase 6. Set up at a cost of Rs 15 crore, the 50-beded centre has all the latest facilities, including a modern operating theatre and a separate labour room.
The opening of the centre, all services related to gynaecology and paediatrics will now come under one roof. The centre is well-equipped with ultra-modern technology to conduct all kinds of tests at reasonable rates. The centre also has an intensive care unit (ICU) and a special newborn care unit (SNCU), which will be instrumental in reducing referrals from the civil hospital to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.