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Clinic care for mothers on card

Mothers and newborns will soon come under the protective cover of antenatal care (ANC) clinics, which are specially equipped to test expecting mothers for HIV.

Speaking at the release of the global report of Save the Children — Ending newborn deaths, ensuring every baby survives — at a Ranchi hotel on Tuesday, state director of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Manish Ranjan shared his concerns for pregnant women and those affected with HIV and said that such clinics was likely to be set up by next year.

The ANC will help detect any probable complication of the child and identify problems before delivery and thus reduce child mortality rate.

As of now, the infant mortality rate in Jharkhand is 38.

At present, there is no such facility in Jharkhand and most rural and sub-urban women are deprived of the three mandatory ANC seatings before childbirth.

Speaking at the occasion, Unicef chief in Jharkhand Job Zachariah said, “Loss of a life is a shock for the entire community. Though, we have made significant progress in reducing child mortality, still around 20,000 die in the first week.”

Rooplaxmi Munda, chairperson of State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, on the other hand, said that there was need to ensure that every child and mother gets services of a skilled birth attendant during delivery.

Mahadev Hansda, state programme manager of Save the Children stressed on the need to bring down under-five mortality rate (UMR). At present, Jharkhand’s UMR is 55 per 1000 live births.