Focus on institutional deliveries, immunisation of children
The State government had decided to reduce the Mother Mortality Rate (MMR) from the existing 134 maternal deaths for one lakh live births to 100 in Andhra Pradesh. Similarly, it has also decided to reduce the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) from the existing 46 for every 1,000 live births to 30.
Incidentally, Andhra Pradesh is relatively low in IMR with 46 against the national average of 47 and MMR with 134 against all-India figures of 212. These startling revelations were made by the officials at the regional level workshop on ‘Maarpu’, an integrated approach to improve maternal and child health care in Karimnagar town on Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, Finance secretary P.V. Ramesh said that the government had decided to reduce IMR and MMR and was chalking out strategies for the implementation of the ‘Maarpu’ scheme by involving all departments.
He said that they had decided to strengthen the government hospitals and provide neo-natal centres to recruit paediatricians and other medical staff.
As part of the ‘Maarpu’ programme, it was decided to ensure cent per cent institutional deliveries and immunisation of children below five years of age, register and tracking of all pregnant women and every child, ensure 100 per cent ante-natal, neo-natal, post-natal care, reduce anaemia among mothers and children with nutritional support etc.
The meeting had also stressed on the need for the involvement of the community towards the cause of reducing MMR and IMR in the State.