|| Sandeep Acharya
Mumbai: Maternal and child mortality has come down in the state as well as in Melghat due to the fact that maximum care is being taken for maternal and child health. In 2016-17, the number of child deaths in Melghat was 407, which has come down to 213 in 2020-21, while 86 deaths per lakh mothers have come down to 46, health department sources said.
Maternal and child mortality in Melghat has always been a hot topic. Bandu Sane, a social activist from Melghat, has been raising the issue with the government and the courts. Measures are being taken by the health department to prevent maternal and child mortality in the areas including Melghat in Amravati. Out of this, the number of deaths of 280 infants in the age group of 0 to 1 in 2016-17 has come down to 172 infants in July 2020-21 while the number of deaths of 407 infants in the age group of 1 to 6 years has come down to 213. According to the SRS report, Maharashtra has the third highest infant mortality rate in the country and the second highest maternal mortality rate. The director of the health department said that measures are being taken by the health department to further reduce this number. Archana Patil said.
In Amravati, Dharani and Chikhaldara are two talukas belonging to the tribal area. In Melghat area, there is one sub-district hospital, two rural hospitals, 11 primary health centers, 92 sub-centers, seven mobile health teams, six primary health teams, 22 flying teams and one allopathy and four ayurvedic dispensaries. , 483 Anganwadi Centers and six ambulances of 108 toll free number are working. Patil said. Last year, there were 23,229 moderately underweight children in Amravati district, which has come down to 20,678 by the end of June 2021, while the number of underweight children has come down to 5,397 due to measures, according to health department sources. Not only in Melghat but also in all the tribal districts of the state, special care is being taken by the health department for the health of mothers and children during the coronation period and this work is being reviewed regularly. Pradip Vyas said.