Efforts are being made to bring down the infant mortality rate to 23 per 1,000 live births by 2025, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
Replying to supplementary questions, Vardhan said, “We are trying to ensure and bring the target of infant mortality down to the levels of sustainable development goals.” “We are trying to bring it down to 23 by the year 2025…. We are trying our best. Four states have already achieved targets, much below the targets set for the year 2030,” he said. In his written reply, Vardhan said, “No confirmed reports of deaths of children due to shortage of life-saving oxygen, medicines and treatment facilities in government hospitals has been received by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) from the States/UTs.”
The communication from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare regarding improving the quality of care in public hospitals are sent to all the States/ Union Territories urging them to follow standard operational guidelines, treatment protocols and ensure availability of functioning equipments and commodities, adequate and trained service providers, he said.
Besides this, report on incidence of cluster of child deaths at public health facilities are given the highest priority by the central government and reviewed jointly by central and state experts, he noted. “The findings and recommendations are then shared with the concerned State for taking appropriate action. States/UTs are also requested to ensure that gaps identified in the facilities are addressed on priority and approvals sought under National Health Mission (NHM), as necessary,” the minister said in his written reply.