Haryana became the first state in the country to initiate state-wide birth defect surveillance in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Centre for Disease Control (CDC).
Stating this, Inoshi Sharma, director, National Health Mission, said the state was also on its way to link all district hospitals to this surveillance activity.
Speaking at the two-day state-level workshop on birth defect surveillance, Sharma said that there were 1.7 million children born in India with congenital birth defect (CBD) and it accounted for 6% of total births.
As many as 7,700 children died every year due to CBD, she said adding that 25 % of the CBDs included congenital heart diseases, neural tube defects and Down's syndrome. "It is important to understand what kind of intervention the government has been able to make on CBD as there is an urgent need to have robust data and tracking of CBD," Sharma said.