Chittorgarh: Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh had drawn attention to crumbling health infrastructure in the states, saying even Kenya has a lower infant mortality rate than India. CNN-IBN travelled to Rajasthan's Chittorgarh to find out the situation there.
Prem and Madan Dangi were filled with joy upon the birth of their child, but now all they are left with is a feeling of emptiness. They lost their baby hours after the birth. That's not all as they emptied their savings of Rs 40,000, rushing to three hospitals as they tried to save the little one.
But Prem's case is not the only one. In just one block of the Chittorgarh district in Rajasthan, there have been 16 cases of infant mortality in the past three months. That takes the infant mortality index there to 180 per 1,000, which is much higher than the state average of 59.
Over a year after 24 maternal deaths in Jodhpur's government hospitals within a span of two months, Rajasthan's health department has yet to learn its lessons. At a Community Health Centre in Chittor's Gangrar, there's just one doctor against seven sanctioned posts. There's no paediatrician, no gynaecologist and facilities like blood transfusion are a far cry....more
10:37 AM, Nov 20, 2012
Shimla: Infant mortality rate has declined from 45 to 40 per thousand in Himachal as per the report of the Sample Registration Survey (RS) conducted by the Health Ministry, state Health Minister Rajiv Bindal said on Saturday. The Infant Mortality rate (IMR) was stagnating at 45 for some years but the government succeeded in breaking this barrier by adopting new policies and launching new initiatives, he said. The report released...
08:36 AM, Dec 31, 2011
New Delhi: More and more children are now living to see their fifth birthday as the child mortality rates have dropped by a third since 1990, the latest under-five mortality estimates released by Unicef said on Friday. However, the tragedy of preventable child deaths continues as 22,000 children below five still die each day in a few countries and half of the deaths are in just five - India, Nigeria,...
06:28 PM, Sep 17, 2010