"Children are essential part of the global family. We should share happiness and sorrows for human welfare. Know your duty and help the needy to solve the health problems of mother and child. Our dedicated doctors and nurses can save infants from deaths in Bihar. United we can solve the problem of child mortality in our state easily. The ratio of child mortality is 28 on every one thousand living child. The target of India Government is to reduce the 28 to 9 within 2015 with the dedicated and trained teams of doctors, nurses, ANMs and Asha's," said Brishin Patel, education minister of Bihar today during the inaugural address of the release of the 'Roadmap for Improving Newborn Health in Bihar' at the seminar hall of Hotel Chanakya in Patna (Bihar).b
National Newborn Week Celebration and Press Meet program was inaugurated by the chief guest Brishin Patel, education minister of Bihar in the gracious presence of Dr Shikhar Jain, president NNF- India, Dr Ghansyam Shethy, Health Specialist, UNICEF Bihar, Dr Vikram Datta, secretary NNF-India, Dr B K Singh, President NNF, Bihar, Dr NB Mathur and Dr NK Singh by lighting the lamp. This one day program was jointly organized by National Neonatology Forum (NNF),Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP),State Health Society, Bihar, SIHFW and UNICEF Bihar.
"The percentage of the child mortality in the world for India is 28 percent. In India 50 percent child mortality comes from UP, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Every year 2 crore 60 lakh children take birth, but 9,40,000 infants dies within one year.In Bihar 83.700 infants dies in Bihar which is 10 percent as compared with the mortality rate in India. This unique 'Roadmap for Improving Newborn Health in Bihar' is a guiding principal for the better health service for newborn babies which is a good step for the success of State Newborn Action Plan."said Dr Vikram Datta, secretary NNF-India in the program.
Dr Ghanshyam Shethy,Health Specialist of UNICEF Bihar advocated with the state government to declare the year 2015 as the second phase of the Newborn Baby year.
"On the occasion of the 25 years of UNCRC we are working for the mass awareness about the protection of the child rights by providing better health facilities for mother and children with the help of State Health Society, Bihar in the rural and urban villages and cities in Bihar."said Nirupnh Gupta, communication expert of UNICEF Bihar to the mediapersons in the press meet.
Eminent pediatrician of Bihar Dr Utpal Kant Singh highlighted the importance of trained nurses for the reduction of infant mortality rate in Bihar.
"Media must aware the poor and helpless community about the free medicare for children upto one year from the state health department. Father and mother both should be encouraged to participate in parents counseling program for the good health of their children."said Dr Sutapa S Niyogi additional professor of IIPH, Delhi.
The brief power point lecture presentation by Dr Ghanshyam Shethy,Health Specialist of UNICEF Bihar on 'Status of Newborn Care in Bihar 'and Dr Sutapa B Niyogi additional professor of Indian Institute of Public Health,Delhi on 'State of India's Newborns 2014' were excellent and highly appreciated by the guests.
During the Press Meet Dr Vikram Datta, Dr Ghanshyam Shethy and Nipurnh Gupta UNICEF communication expert of Bihar highlighted the importance of trained doctors, nurses, ANMs and Asha's for the better health of mother and child for the development of prosperous and happy Bihar.
After the media briefing by Dr Vikram Datta, Dr Ghanshyam Shethy and Nipurnh Gupta UNICEF communication expert of Bihar technical session was conducted by Dr N B Mathur, Dr Sushil Srivastva, Dr Ajay Gambhir, Dr Alka Sinha and Dr Sanjeev Davey.
All the guests were welcomed with rose bouquets by the ANM students of Mahavir Vatsalya Hospital,
LCT Ghat, Patna.They were honored with the mementos of national emblem of Ashoka Lion Pillar. Vote of thanks was delivered by Dr Vikram Datta.