`Health indicators improving'

Special Correspondent

Haryana Health Secretary presents National Family Health Survey-3 report

CHANDIGARH: The health indicators in Haryana have shown a marked improvement as revealed by the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-3 conducted in 2006 in comparison to the NFHS-2 conducted in 1999, according to Haryana Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary (Health) Urvashi Gulati.

While inaugurating a conference of chief medical officers of the State, she attributed this improvement to concerted efforts being made by the Haryana Health Department.

Giving details, she said the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) had declined to 42 per thousand live births as compared to 61 in 1999. Similarly, Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) had declined to 162 per 1-lakh live births as against 302 during NFHS-2.

The institutional deliveries also increased to 39 per cent from 22 per cent during the same period. Also, the increased use of ante-natal services had now shot up to 89 per cent from 58 per cent during NFHS-2.

Ms. Gulati said that though the basic indicators had shown improvement, emphasis should be on strengthening of public institutions for health delivery, especially in rural health care system, along with maintaining the achieved pace.

She disclosed that the NFHS-3, the third in the NFHS series of surveys, provided information on population, health and nutrition in India and each of its States. It was based on a sample of households as representative at the national and State levels.

It provided trend data on key indicators and included information on several new topics such as HIV/AIDS-related behaviour and the health of slum dwellers. It was conducted from April to June 2006, she added.

Director-General Health Services Dr. N. K. Sharma said that during the pulse polio round conducted on January 7 this year, Haryana had shown 71 per cent booth activity, which was the highest in the past five years.

He stressed the need to strengthen the referral system and an early referral in case of emergency obstetrics.

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