India needs to fight Maternity Mortality with urgency: NATHEALTH
Healthy India is certainly a possibility by aligning proper mother and child care with universal health coverage which is a long-term objective for India and to achieve this, adequate attention is needed on reducing maternity mortality rate (MMR) with a sense of urgency, NATHEALTH, the Healthcare Federation of India said on the eve of International Women’s Day.
According to NATHEALTH’s Aarogya Bharat Report, India urgently needs to create a roadmap for implementation of focused policy to reduce MMR. Maternal Mortality rate in India is still around 178 against 109 target of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
“We need to adopt a holistic approach towards women care. A strong bias towards curative care reflects a culture that often neglects prevention and wellness. India needs to focus more on preventive capabilities and public health measures to meet post2015 MDGs for maternal and child health outcomes, with a special emphasis on reducing the dual burden of CDs and NCDs,” Anjan Bose, Secretary General, NATHEALTH said.
“The government has taken several steps to implement several women care projects like Janani Suraksha Yojana. Hence, MMR has improved considerably. However, high-quality care is hindered both by limited accreditation and by failure to adopt basic technologies. Here, by joining hands public and private sector can play vital role,” he added.