Raipur: Special Newborn Child Care Units (SNCU) are lacking proper facilities and care for the newborns. 17 out of the 100 children admitted to the SNCU in the state are dying. A large number of babies are born very weak from birth. The situation is even worse in Raipur, Jagdalpur and Ambikapur.
36 out of 100 in Raipur, 32 in Jagdalpur and 28 in Ambikapur die in SNCU. There are 13 such units operating across the state. The pressure on them is so high that last year only 22,000 babies were admitted here. In most places, 3 to 4 children are being treated in one SNCU bed. The hospital management is demanding expansion in this facility.
Health minister TS Singh Deo said that every year more than 6 lakh children are born in the state. Among them, the cases of premature delivery are very high. Last year 22,000 children had to be admitted to the SNCU. In such circumstances, 400 to 500 children are dying annually. He said that five children died on 16th in Ambikapur's SNCU. If this continues, this figure will reach 1800 deaths annually, which is alarming and has to be stopped at any cost. The minister has asked the department to take all necessary steps.
According to experts, premature babies are vulnerable. There is a risk of many types of infection. In such a situation, his life expectancy is less. In SNCU such children are kept on controlled temperature, controlled oxygen. They are monitored by many devices. Medicines are given to increase their life expectancy. In many cases the recovery is not as expected by the doctors.
The minister said that the review has shown that 55 to 60 per cent of the children being admitted to the SNCU are not born in that hospital. That is, the delivery took place in another hospital. When the child's health deteriorated there, treatment was done at the local level. When the child became serious, he was referred and admitted to the SNCU. In such a situation also the chances of death increase.
He added that the deficiency of hemoglobin and iron in women is also a big issue. It is necessary to pay attention to the amount of hemoglobin and iron in women not only in pregnancy, but also before that so that such a situation does not arise.
He said that regular health check-up of all women across the state is very important. For this, directions have been given to launch a campaign. The goal is big, the challenge is also there, but it cannot be avoided.