Dept. giving extra emphasis on IMR and MMR : Hek

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Minister in-charge Health Alexander Laloo Hek on Friday said the department has been giving extra emphasis on the reduction of infant mortality rate (IMR) and maternal mortality rate (MMR) in the state.

 Replying to a call attention notice moved by Nongpoh legislator Mayralborn Syiem in the Assembly, Hek said the maternal and child health scenario in all the 11 districts is being reviewed extensively through weekly meetings at the NHM level as well as the state level, especially during the Covid-19 period.

 He said these extensive weekly meetings have brought to the fore absolute numbers of maternal, infant, and child deaths.

 “The weekly reviews have revealed that the underlying cause of high maternal and child deaths in Meghalaya can be attributed to not only the clinical management or public health management, but more so, the underlying and often unaddressed socio-economic and gender dimensions. This makes it all the more important to create awareness on this issue and initiate discussions from all sections of society, and the government is doing just that,” Hek said.

 With regards to the death of a newly born baby at Sohra CHC last month, the minister said as per the hospital records the mother was provided due care and there is no negligence on the part of the hospital staff.

 He said further the Sohra CHC has been providing excellent health care services in 2019 the total number of deliveries under the CHC is 226 with 213 normal deliveries and 13 caesarian sections done with 161 referrals.

There was only one neonatal death in that year in the month of February.

 A total of 487 deliveries were recorded last year with 329 normal deliveries and 158 caesarian sections done with 73 referrals and 6 neonatal deaths.

 This year during the month of January and February, the total number of deliveries is 71 with 51 normal deliveries and 20 caesarian sections done with 6 referrals and 1 neonatal death.

 Stating that for the past three years, there were no maternal deaths, the minister said this can be attributed to the good performance of Sohra CHC.