Maha: 3,533 infants die within the first hour after birth, reveals RTI

In a recent Right to Information (RTI) query, shocking facts have emerged from Maharashtra, which has shown malnutrition to be one of the biggest contributing factors for the rise in infants and child mortality

Maha: 3,533 infants die within the first hour after birth, reveals RTI
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  • 424 infants died in Mumbai within first hour of the birth
  • 1,525 babies died within one year after their birth
  • Pneumonia is responsible for the death of 111 babies.
  • While, 12 babies died due to diarrhoea

To curb the increasing infants and child mortality rates in the country, the union government has undertaken various projects and schemes. Crores of rupees have been spent annually, but, the high child mortality rates remain a big challenge in front of the government.

In an RTI reply Maharashtra’s Health and Family welfare department admitted:

  • 424 infants have lost their life within the first hour after the birth in Mumbai.
  • 15,314 infants have died during first 12 months of their birth.
  • And a total of 3,533 infants have died within first hour after the birth in Maharashtra.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, RTI activist Chetan Kothari said, “Maharashtra is witnessing rise in number of infants and child mortality. The BMC is not giving adequate information. The state machinery has still not reached to tribal areas. Malnutrition and not being able to receiving food which provides nutrition to the pregnant mother are the two reasons behind rise in infant mortality.”

Dr Mangala Gomare, Chief Health Officer of BMC’s family welfare department, said, “It’s not true that the infant mortality rate is increasing in Mumbai. There are not adequate health and medical facilities in the rural areas. 25 per cent patients who come to Mumbai to seek treatment hail from rural areas. That’s the reason for the increase in the number of cases in Mumbai.”