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Haryana: focuses on providing infant

State health minister Rao Narender Singh states that to check infant mortality rate, Haryana government has planned neonatal care units in all district hospitals. Since the initial 72 hours of a new born is critical, therefore proper medical help is needed. This help will be provided to sick new born in sick neonatal care units (SNCU).these special units will be equipped with photo therapy units, incubators radiation warmers etc. the survey taken by the government shows the infant mortality rate (IMR) which was 67 per thousand live births in 2,000 has come down to 51 in 2009. The doctor andnurses will be present 24×7. The focus will be on the full immunization of children which was only 63% in 1998-99 and 65% in 2004-05, has improved to 71.7% in 2009. The state government is now taking initiatives for providing efficient health services at affordable cost. The efforts have started showing results and there is improvement in the country’s health especially women and children. State government is also looking to put efforts in improving the health of children among 0-18 years age group in the unique programme Indira Bal Swasthya Yojna (IBSY). For providing timely facility of transportation to the hospitals to pregnant women, sick new born children, complicated delivery cases and other emergency patients transport service scheme with the name of ”Haryana Swasthya Vahan Sewa No 102 has been launched. Haryana is the only state so far in the nation which provides medicines free of cost to all patients of Indoor Patient Department (IPD); IPD and OPD patients belonging to BPL families; and all delivery cases. Also the ceserian section are done free of cost with an expenditure of more than Rs. 30 crore per year.

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