DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand state health department will start a drive soon to bring down the infant mortality rate from 27 per 1000 to below 10.
Dhan Singh Rawat, the state health minister, said, “The awareness drive will start soon in which ASHA workers and state health department officials will be participating to spread awareness among the general public to prefer childbirth in hospitals and medical facilities.”
According to a study by National Family Health Survey (NFHS), neonatal and infant mortality rates in Uttarakhand are higher than the national average for the last three years.
The national neonatal mortality rate was recorded on an average of 24.9 infants per 1000 while the same for Uttarakhand was recorded at 32.4. Infant mortality was recorded at 35.2 in India but for Uttarakhand, it was 39.1.
Even the mortality rate among children below five years of age for Uttarakhand was 45.6 in comparison to the national average of 41.9
The minister also said that a fortnightly drive will start soon to spread awareness about tuberculosis.
“We aim to eradicate tuberculosis from Uttarakhand by the year 2024. The drive will start on August 16 to spread awareness about the infection and the disease, said the minister.
According to the data by the department success rate in treating tuberculosis patients in the year, 2021 remained at 84% with a total of 16699 patients cured out of 22949. A total of 888 patients died.
In the year 2022 till the month of June, a total of 8984 patients have been cured out of a total of 14558 registered with a success rate of 83%.
The death of 282 patients was reported due to tuberculosis.