Srinagar: The Sample Registration System (SRS) survey 2020 report released by Registrar General of India (RGI-SRS) has thrown up some encouraging results for Jammu & Kashmir. The Union Territory has registered tremendous decline in the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) during last one year. The IM) has come down by 3 points from 20 to 17 (per 1000 live births) within one year.
This is much better than the national average of IMR which stands at 28 as per the Sample Registration System (SRS) The IMR is an important health indicator which shows number of deaths of children up to one year of age per 1000 live births.
The National Health Mission (NHM) with the active support of entire Health and Medical Education Department has put persistent & tireless efforts to provide essential neonatal care at Government health institutions across the Union Territory.
The Health & Medical Education Department has devised an action plan with support from Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare & Norway India Partnership Initiative. This is in the form of a Road Map for reducing IMR in the J&K UT in line with India Newborn Action Plan (INAP). The action plan is being implemented at all the levels and focuses on the community based and facility based interventions for accelerating rate of decline in Infant Mortality through strengthening of maternal & child health programs.
Other key health facility based interventions including Facility Based Newborn Care Units, Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA), Skilled Birth Attendance (SBA), Universalization of essential newborn care & resuscitation, Early and exclusive breast feeding etc. Special New-born Care Units (SNCU) have been established in 27 District / other equivalent Hospitals, 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in GMCs, New Born Stabilization Units (NBSUs) in 65 Community Health Centers level and New Born Care Corners (NBCCs) in 264 delivery points with financial and technical support from National Health Mission.
Mission Director NHM, J&K, Yasin M. Choudhary has appreciated the efforts of Govt. Medical Colleges; Directorate of Health Services, Family Welfare, AYUSH all the field functionaries including doctors, paramedical staff, ASHA workers & Programme Management Unit staff for their continued efforts to improve maternal and newborn care in the UT.
Some amazing news coming in fr J&K in the latest SRS (Sample Registration Survey) results- IMR has decreased by an astounding 3 points frm 20 to 17 in one year! INAP to target single digit IMR now! #childhealth @MoHFW_INDIA @nitishwarKumar @OfficeOfLGJandK https://t.co/Lt6SQz8fnQ pic.twitter.com/jjy0ALcGOy
— Yasin M. Choudhary (@yasinc_ias) May 26, 2022