To provide quality healthcare services in the Punjab’s Government hospitals, the construction of nine more new Mother and Child Health Centres are in process across the State which would be made operational latest by next year.
“To further improve the IMR (Infant Mortality Rate) and MMR (Mother Mortality Ratio), the State Government is establishing the new MCH centres at Moga, Tarn Taran, Fatehgarh Churian, Bham, Samana, Khanna, Sangrur, Malerkotla and Nakodar,” said the State Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Monday.
He said that Capt Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government has also proposed nine more new MCH centres in a view to provide standardized mother and child healthcare services at Fatehgarh Sahib, Goniana, Khanna, Phagwara, Jagraon, Budladha, Malout and Gidderbaha.
Divulging about the status of Punjab’s IMR and MMR, Sidhu said that the State Government has been consistently performing better than most of the States in the country in Child and Maternal Health.
As per the SRS (Sample Registration System) data of 2017, Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) of Punjab is 21 per 1000 live births as against 33 per 1000 at the national level, he said adding that as per the SRS data special bulletin on MMR released in May 2018, Punjab’s figure stood at 122 per lakh live births as against 130 per lakh at national level.
“Apart from modernized infrastructure, Health Department has also been implementing skill-based trainings with technical support from developing partner to improve competency of health staff and intra-partum and immediate post -partum care services,” he said.
Sidhu said that the State Government is running the special campaign to motivate the families to conduct the deliveries of pregnant women at the government hospitals instead of home.
“Public hospitals are well equipped with the advanced infrastructure, equipments, specialists, skilled Medical Officers and staff to save the precious lives of women and infants,” he said.
As per HMIS data (April-August 2019), Punjab has recorded the 98.3 per cent institutional deliveries across the State which is the key factor of overall improvement of the IMR and MMR in Punjab. – The Pioneer