64 infants die in Udupi in over five months

64 infants die in Udupi in over five months

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-05-23 13:29 Udupi: In a span of just five months, Udupi district has registered 64 infant mortality cases between December 2015 and April 2016, said Rohini, district health and family welfare officer.Speaking at a review meeting on health issues at the district offices complex here, Dr Rohini said that two cases of maternal mortality had been reported in the district this year while last year, the maternal mortality in the district stood at 10.Pregnant women were being given nutritious food in government hospitals besides required vaccination coupled with protein supplements. Yet, the district has put up a dismal show, she lamented.But this did not go well with deputy commissioner, R Vishal who directed the health officials to show a clear reason for the rising cases of infant mortality. Also, he asked them to come up with an integrated action plan to prevent cases of infant mortality.Stating that there was room for providing better services to reduce both maternal and infant mortality rate, he asked them to bring the cases of maternal mortality to zero by next year.Dr. Rohini, however, said that the doctors were doing their best to prevent these incidents. But low weight was one of the reasons for infant mortality, she said.