How to reduce infant mortality? doctors discuss the roadmap | News from Noida

Greater Noida: Paediatricians across India on Monday discussed a roadmap to reduce the under-5 mortality rate to less than 25 per 1,000 born in a year by 2025.
“Every year, out of 1,000 children, 55 die before the age of five due to health complications. from the Indian Academy of Paediatricians in Greater Noida,” said Noida-based pediatrician Dr. Arvind Garg.
Doctors said they had discussed a module to be used by (Accredited Social Health Activist) and Anganwadi workers as a reference tool to identify more than 100 child-related illnesses. This is based on research done by 100 pediatricians over the past 10 years.
“The government is also prioritizing the issue through a program that aims to reduce the mortality rate among children under 5. To this end, parameters such as adequate parental information, institutional deliveries, delivery by skilled health personnel, life-saving vaccinations and adequate nutrition will play a crucial role,” Dr. Garg added.
Experts have said that respiratory infections, premature births, diarrheal diseases, birth asphyxia and trauma are the leading causes of death among children under 5 in India.
According to the National Family Health Survey-5, the under-5 mortality rate was 59.8 (per 1,000) in Uttar Pradesh in 2019-21. It was 78.1 in 2015-2016.
The state has, however, shown improvement in other metrics such as facility deliveries.
About 83% of children were born in state medical facilities in 2019 and 21 — compared to 67.8% calculated in the NFHS-4 survey. About 400 people attended the conference, which started on March 19 and will end on March 23.

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