As the government Rajindra hospital has been included in the World Health Organisation's project on finding reasons for infant deaths, the state health and family welfare department has instructed civil surgeons across the state to collect data relating to child mortality between 0-5 years.
At a review meeting of officials of six districts held in Patiala on Friday, state health department's assistant director Dr Gurinderbir Singh said though child mortality rate were very less in Punjab but there was a need to find out reasons for the deaths in order to take precautionary measures for future.
Officials from Patiala, Sangrur, Barnala, Mansa, Bathinda and Muktsar districts attended the meeting.
Addressing the participants, Singh said under the project, it would be mandatory for ANM and Asha workers to report child death in their respective areas within 24 hours of the death so that experts can gather causes behind the death.
"The block-level nodal officer should visit the place of death and try to find out the causes. The project will also help to identify place where maximum child mortality cases would be reported", he said.
He said it will be the responsibility of chief medical officers of respective districts to conduct review meeting every months regarding the project.
The government hospital will now study the reasons behind deaths at neonatal and perinatal stages.
The hospital has been included among 10 premier medical centres across India chosen by the WHO to establish neonatal and perinatal database (NNPD) to strengthen newborn and prenatal health care in India.
The project will also help to come up with better policies and strategies to deal with the situation.
Under the project, the autopsies of stillbirths and infants, who die within few months of their births, will be carried out by pathology experts with the consent of the parents to find out congenital abnormalities or other causes of death.