Expressing concern over increasing women and child mortality rate during last seven months in the district, Collector M. Veerabrahmaiah on Thursday asked cluster convergence teams appointed to work in coordination with the Medical and Health Department. During the last 210 days as many as 307 children had died, mainly in Nellimarla, Gajapathinagaram and S. Kota mandals.

Likewise, out of 42,000 deliveries done during last year 156 mothers had died, Mr. Veerabrahmaiah said.

At a meeting with officials from Medical and Health, ICDS, and other line departments, he said there might be more number of deaths that were not reported.

The Collector asked cluster convergence teams which consist of officials from ICDS, IKP, Panchayat Raj, Education, and Rajiv Vidya Mission, to ensure that all the 20 guidelines specified in Maarpu programme that was aimed at reducing malnutrition among women and children and controlling mortality rate were followed. He pulled them up for not working with dedication.

As far as the government’s assistance under JSY programme to pregnant women in the Agency region is concerned, Mr. Veerabrahmaiah said that 400 women out of 6000 were extended the benefit and asked ITDA Project Officer B.R. Ambedkar to shoulder the responsibility from now.

He emphasised registration of all pregnant women in villages to ensure institutional deliveries. U. Swarajya Lakshmi, DM& HO, and heads of various departments were present.