Kamala Jani of Dakra and Damayanti Bagh of Dumuriput were just among scores of young mothers on Saturday who were hopeful that their new-born children would get well soon coming out of the brackets of possible infection, low birth weight or birth asphyxia after having been admitted into the Special Neonatal Care Unit (SNCU) at District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) in Koraput . The success story that had begun in 2009 with an infant gaining weight from merely 650 gm to normal weight was still fresh in bringing laurels for the SNCU that was operationalised with the support of Unicef as one among a couple of successful instruments in bringing down the infant mortality rate (IMR) of the district over the years .
The eight-bed SNCU in a process of integrated management of neonatal & childhood illness (IMNCI) has been in great demand over the years with at least one hundred infants reaching the unit every month withn severe challenges of low weight and other complications. They are leaving the campus with a remarkable success rate of nine cases surviving out of each 10 admitted, Chayakanta Goud , child specialist in charge of the unit, said . In anticipation of increasing number of mothers waiting for care in the unit, the hospital administration is coming up with a well equipped mothers’ stay home and feeding corner adjacent to the unit at the hospital, A.K.Mahanty, manager of the hospital, said.
Further opening of Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre in October last year on the DHH campus with an objective of offering special care to malnourished children in the age group of 6 months to 5 years has added more feathers in the cap by adding to the initiatives by the district to bring down the IMR to 40 deaths of infants per thousand live births in 2012-13 from IMR of 59 in 2008-09, Bijay Mahapatra, ADMO, Koraput, said. This was a better statistics compared to that of the State average of 62 per thousand as was mentioned in AHS report , Biswambar Behera , DPM, NRHM added.
Things could be better once more and more parents get the information of these facilities that were made available well within their reach and bring their children in time . Block medical officers were sensitized on this during their regular meetings , Dr.Mahapatra said .