Every year, 35 lakh babies are born prematurely in India
Over thirty five lakh babies are born annually in India, making it the country with the highest number of premature births of infants, according to a World Health Organisation report.
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda told the Parliament on Tuesday while replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, “As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) Publication ‘Born too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth’ out of an estimated annual 2.7 crore live births, in India 35 lakh babies are born preterm and out of these 3.03 lakh babies die due to complications of preterm birth.”
He said that Under National Health Mission (NHM), key interventions are being implemented all over the country to bring down infant mortality rates.
“Under NHM, government promotes institutional delivery through Janani Suraksha Yojna cash incentive scheme for pregnant mothers and Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram which entitles all pregnant women and sick infants to absolutely free and no expense treatment at public health facilities,” the Minister said.
He said under NHM, strengthening of newborn care services by establishing facilities for the care of sick newborns such as Special New Born Care Units, New Born Stabilisation Units and New Born Care Corners and provision of home-based newborn care through Asha workers is provided.
News source: Firstpost