India needs to fight Ma­ter­nity Mor­tal­ity with ur­gency: NATHEALTH

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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.

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