300 Nurses Have Saved 25,000 Babies. But Nobody Told You About It.

by Swarajya Staff - Jun 25, 2018 03:40 PM +05:30 IST
300 Nurses Have Saved 25,000 Babies. But Nobody Told You About It.Remarkable improvement has been reported in the performance of neonatal units in Uttar Pradesh in 2017-18 compared to previous years. 

India has one of worst neonatal mortality rates (NMR) in the world. What it means is this: India has among the highest incidences of new born babies dying within 28 days of birth.

It means 7.5 lakh babies in India die, for various reasons, before they are four weeks old. More than half of these deaths occur in poor states such as Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan.

This is an incredibly shameful record but we do have some good news on this front.

In the state of Uttar Pradesh, the same state where Gorakhpur tragedy occurred, we have noticed a marked improvement in specialised care for newborns. This has resulted in saving over 25,000 babies.

So how did the government pull it off? Swati Goel Sharma, a senior editor at Swarajya, shows how basic capacity building and discipline has helped save thousands of babies at the most vulnerable time of their lives. I'd urge you to read her report from the ground if you haven't done so already.

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