Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 20:
The Odisha government has decided to implement a special scheme as part of the drive to curb maternal mortality rate (MMR) in the state.
A decision in this regard was taken at a high-level meeting of the National Health Mission here recently.
It may be mentioned that the MMR in Odisha is higher than the national average. While the all India MMR rate is 178 in every one lakh women every year, in Odisha it is as high as 230.
As decided at the meeting, steps would be taken to curb the MMR arising out of six factors.
Special measures would be taken to deal with anemia which is one of the major factors of MMR.
To deal with the situation, a two-year pilot project has begun in the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack in which the women have been administered with iron sucrose injections in place of iron tablets.
It was decided in the meeting that considering the success of the project and the study being made in this regard, the project would be implemented in the 30 km radius of Cuttack, under which all pregnant women suffering from anemia would be brought to the SCB Hospital with free transportation to test their blood composition five times.
These anemic women would also be provided with free medicines and injections.
The doctors at the hospital will make these women aware of the steps to be taken at the time of delivery.
Apart from this, the government would provide these women with all facilities available under Janani Sishu Suraksha Yojana.
The meeting, presided over by NHM director Rupa Mishra, was attended by special secretary, Health and Family Welfare Dr NK Das, Union deputy commissioner of Health Dr Himanshu Bhusan and head of the department of Gynecology and Obstetrics Dr PC Mohapatra.