Today in New Delhi, India
Sep 25, 2018-Tuesday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

No time for these hapless millions?

HAVING GRANTED unsolicited half an hour time for special discussion on death of women and newborn in Madhya Pradesh, Speaker Ishwardas Rohani looked around and found the House shockingly cool to his gesture on Thursday. Even Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi, whose question had prompted the Speaker?s ruling, didn?t look impressed.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 13:15 IST

HAVING GRANTED unsolicited half an hour time for special discussion on death of women and newborn in Madhya Pradesh, Speaker Ishwardas Rohani looked around and found the House shockingly cool to his gesture on Thursday.

Even Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi, whose question had prompted the Speaker’s ruling, didn’t look impressed.

Plan panel unhappy

WHILE THE Planning Commission of India lauded the steps taken by Madhya Pradesh for its fiscal management initiatives, it also expressed concern over the below average performance of the State on health indicators. During talks on the State’s annual plan outlay

The insouciance of the lawmakers truly reflects in appalling condition of healthcare in Madhya Pradesh where everyday on an average 26 mothers and 80 newborn die for want of proper treatment. This also goes to prove the NGOs’ allegations right that the MLAs are not bothered about real issues concerning peoples’ health.

As Jamuna Devi told the House, between April and November 2005, 10.94 lakh deliveries occurred. Of them only 3.61 lakh took place in government and private hospitals. Which means 67 percent of the pregnant mothers delivered at homes.

No surprise then that MP is among the worst witnesses of avoidable deaths of mothers and newborn. The statistics reveal the chilling reality. The Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in MP is 86 per 1000 against national average of 60 and that of Kerala 11.

In pregnant mothers’ death, MP tops in India. The Maternal Mortality Rare (MMR) in the State is 86 per 1000 against national average of 64.

The data is contained in the ‘Human Development for Major States’ presented in the Economic Survey a day before the General Budget in Parliament. The report has more disappointing facts to shock.

Life expectancy in MP is 56.9 years against all-India average of 62.5 years, the lowest in the country. The death rate in MP at 9.8 is also highest in India. Admitting the State’s extremely dismal record on health indices, Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi attributes them to poor health infrastructure, early marriages and illiteracy.

The IMR is high because at many parts in the State, institutional delivery system is not used, and mothers give birth at their home, he reasoned, while talking to the Hindustan Times.

“That is why we are focusing on strengthening the institutional delivery mechanism and positive results

First Published: Mar 04, 2006 13:15 IST