Azad, Bill Gates discuss ways to strengthen health scenario in India

New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today met Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to discuss their shared commitment to promote various health activities in India.

Azad appreciated the work being done by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for its continued support to the National Aids Control Programme through AVAHAN and to support for the National Polio Programme.

Azad reiterated the Government commitment to meet the MDG goals particularly relating to reduction in IMR & MMR as well as reduction in Morbidity and Mortality Rate and also other diseases like HIV AIDS, TB, Malaria etc.

Commenting on the Universal Immunisation Programme, Azad informed the visiting dignitaries about the road map for introduction of new vaccines to cover more vaccine preventable diseases.

In this context, he appreciated the efforts being made by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discover and develop new vaccines and requested Mr. Gates for its continued support to the health Programme in India.

via Azad, Bill Gates discuss ways to strengthen health scenario in India.

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ASHA scheme makes ”health for all” possible in Punjab village

Sitto Village (Punjab), Mar 20 (ANI): In an effort to make ”health for all” possible in Sitto village in Punjab, the Government is implementing the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) scheme under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

Under the scheme, ASHA workers are not only trying to create increased health awareness among women, but are also trying to increase the manpower of the health department in the state.

“The main aim of implementing ASHA scheme is to decrease the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) which was very high here. An effort was made to lower the infant deaths during the delivery,” said Jaspal Singh, sub-divisional medical officer.

The results of the scheme are visible and the mortality among the women and children has fallen.

Nirmala, an ASHA worker, said: “We are employed under the ASHA workers scheme. The government has helped us a lot. We go from house-to-house and urge the pregnant women to deliver only in the hospitals. If there is a need for immunization, we tell them to get it done in the hospitals as the government is doing it for free.”

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77,000 Indian women die every year at childbirth

New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) At least 77,000 mothers in India die every year during child birth, Minister of State for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury said Monday. Chowdhury told the Rajya Sabha that the latest survey report of the Registrar General of India published in 2006, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) for India is 301 per 100,000 live births.

It “translates into about 77,000 maternal deaths per year or in other words 211 maternal deaths per day”.

She said in order to bring a reduction in MMR, the central government has initiated certain programmes like Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), for institutional delivery and appointment of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) for every village.

She said the government is also working to prevention and treat anemia. Nearly 60 percent of Indian women are anaemic. Supplementary nutrition to pregnant and lactating women under the integrated child development scheme are also been given, the minister explained.

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Rural health schemes benefits tribals in Tripura

Agartala, Mar 7 (ANI): The implementation of various schemes in Tripura under the National Rural Health Scheme has given a reason to smile to the locals. Various health schemes under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) are being implemented with an aim to bring down the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR).

“NRHM can play a very important role in tribal areas where it is still difficult to reach medical services due to inaccessibility,” said L Darlong, Mission Director of NRHM, Tripura.

The schemes are not only trying to create an increased health awareness among the poor, but also to increase the manpower of the health department in the state.

New well equipped hospitals and health centers are also being constructed in the remote of the regions to provide instant aid to the people. Further, to spread awareness, tribals are being educated through puppet shows, road shows and folk songs.

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A ray of hope for expectant mothers in Maoists affected Chhattisgarh

Bilha (Chhattisgarh), Aug.18 (ANI): An ambulance service has come as a boon for expectant mothers, especially for those in their advanced stage of pregnancy, in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district.

Till recently, the expectant mothers and other family members remained a worried lot since commuting to the nearest primary health centre (PHC) or the district hospital involved a big risk of life and safety in this Maoist-affected region.

Thanks to the initiative of the State government, now such fears are allayed with the introduction of an ambulance service exclusively for expectant mothers and it is named ‘Matahari Express’.

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Survey to check villagers’ health, flagship scheme’s impact

New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) A survey will be taken up in nine states to assess the health of rural population since the launch of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

The annual health survey will be carried out in Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattishgarh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan and Assam by the health ministry, the home ministry and the Registrar General of India (RGI).

The decision was taken Thursday at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and was announced by Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni.

The survey aims to provide feedback on the impact of the schemes under NRHM, launched in 2005, in reduction of the Total Fertility Rate (TFR), Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) at the district level and the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) at the regional level by estimating these rates on an annual basis for 284 districts in these states.

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Improvement of maternal health a far cry in Orissa

New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) In spite of the government’s claims that rural health is undergoing a massive change under its flagship programme, a survey by a federation of advocacy agencies Tuesday said quality of healthcare is too bad in Orissa and women are dying in hospitals during child-births.

“Earlier many women were dying at home during baby-birth and now they are facing the same situation at health centres,” said Nabin Kumar Pati, co-chairman of the White Ribbon Alliance, India.

A survey by the alliance that is a conglomerate of 1,500 organisations in 12 districts of Orissa found that implementation of safe motherhood policies and programmes have implementation problems.

The findings revealed that 52 percent of the Auxillary Nurse Midwife (ANM) have no weighing machines and 55 percent don’t have blood pressure measuring instruments. ANMs play a key role in imparting health care to women and children in rural India.

via Improvement of maternal health a far cry in Orissa.