Pregnant women will soon come under the protection of antenatal care (ANC) clinics, which will ensure healthy childbirth through several tests, including one for HIV.
Speaking at the release of the global report of Save the Children titled Ending newborn deaths, ensuring every baby survives in Ranchi on Tuesday, state director of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Manish Ranjan shared his concerns for pregnant women and those affected with HIV. He said ANC clinics were likely to be set up by next year.
The clinics will help detect probable complications a baby may develop and identify problems before delivery, thus reducing child mortality rate.
As of now, the annual infant mortality rate in Jharkhand is 38.
At present, there is no such facility in Jharkhand and most women from rural and semi-urban areas are deprived of the three mandatory ANC seatings before childbirth.
Speaking on the occasion, Unicef chief (Jharkhand) Job Zachariah said, “Loss of a life shocks an 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 got 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 1,000 live births.