The Health Minister Anil Vij, has said that   unprecedented improvement made in the health sector by the present government had led to the infant mortality rate (IMR) in Haryana getting reduced to 24, child mortality rate to 33, and maternal mortality rate to 127. Efforts are being made to reduce the IMR which was 42 in 2014, to zero.

This was disclosed by Mr Vij while speaking at the state level function of the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) under the National Health Mission at Panchkula, near here, today.

In order to make the state malnutrition-free and the people healthy, the state government plans to take some rare initiatives to improve basic health infrastructure to give the citizens access to quality health care services either free of cost or at reasonable prices. Food fortification would be done on priority basis and necessary nutrients would be added to the wheat flour to make children malnutrition-free.

Mr Vij said persistent efforts made by the state government to provide people better health services had been indexed by the increase of about 20 per cent patients in OPDs and 12 per cent IPDs in government hospitals across the state. He flagged off five ‘Neonate Care Ambulances’ which would offer services in all divisions of the state. Presently, the department has 60 ambulances equipped with Advance Life Support System.

Mr Vij said health and education parameters played a significant role in the progress of any state and country. The previous governments did not pay any attention to these parameters, but during the tenure of the present state government, unprecedented improvement has been made in the health sector.

On the occasion, the Health Minister gave away incentive kits to 62 children belonging to Ambala, Kurukshetra, Panchkula, Karnal, Rohtak, Narnaul, Yamunanagar and Panipat. The state government had got them  treatment free of cost in best hospitals of the country at a cost of about Rs 6 crore.

Speaking on the occasion, Principal Secretary, Health Department, Mr. Amit Jha, said since 2014, screening of 1.12 cro98+re children had been done. As many as 29 diseases were diagnosed and the affected children  were referred to appropriate hospitals to provide them quality treatment. During this period, treatment facilities were provided to about 11 lakh children, he added.

Mission Director, National Health Mission, Mrs. Amneet P. Kumar also spoke on this occasion.


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