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MADHYA PRADESH GRAPPLES WITH SPIRALING NEONATAL DEATHS

 Why in news?

  • Madhya Pradesh has recorded the highest percentage of newborn deaths of 11.5% against the total admissions to government ­run sick newborn care units (SNCUs) in the past three years across the country, a rate ominously spiralling since 2017
  • According to the National Health Mission (NHM). The country’s average is 7%.

Several factors responsible for deaths

Staff crunch, low community referrals, absence of a special neonatal transport service to health centres, and the non­-availability of enough units to cater to increasing institutional deliveries had contributed to the spike in the percentage of deaths

In the last three years, more than 7% of 
the babies admitted to sick newborn care 
units (SNCUs), across 13 States, died Legacy IAS Acdemy Best IAS Academy in Bangalore



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