Raj to get ‘Navjat Suraksha Yojna’ for better care of newborns

77 master trainers are ready to train health workers in state to ensure zero newborn deaths

Jaipur: Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma on Sunday added a new page to the ambitious ‘Nirogi Rajasthan’ drive. He informed that the government will launch ‘Navjat Suraksha Yojna’ (Secure New Born Scheme).

The Health Minister was addressing the Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) conference at SMS auditorium. He informed that 77 master trainers are ready to train the health workers across the state to ensure that no newborn deaths occur. He said that the ‘Swasthya Mitra’ will ensure that KMC reaches to the block level. He lauded the KMC concept which without any expenses, using ‘Touch Therapy’, ensures the best of health for a newborn.

He expressed happiness on the reduced infant mortality rate which had come down to 35 from 41 but he wanted it to come down further by taking better care of the malnourished and premature babies.

Earlier SMS college Principal Dr Sudhir Bhandari called mother’s lap a natural incubator. He said since KMC was based on this concept it was the best way to care for newborn babies.

UNICEF representative Lyui D Okrine said that the KMC technique will not only further reduce the infant mortality rate in Rajasthan but will also ensure better baby care.

The chairperson of KMC Dr Shashi Vani told the audience that her organization was organizing such awareness campaigns across the country. There were more than 400 doctors & specialists present in the conference on Sunday which prominently included Prof Nibalkar, Dr Ashok Gupta, Dr ML Gupta, Prof Deepa Bankar, Prof Siddarth Ramji. Kids saved due to KMC and their parents were also present at the conference.