New Delhi: The WHO has declared that mothers and newborns are free from tetanus at the time of birth in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Thursday.
He was inaugurating the Call to Action Summit 2015 – an initiative to reduce child and maternal deaths across the world – and said the event will help the developing countries to tackle health challenges related to women and child.
Boasting India’s polio-free status, Modi said: “India was declared polio free because of the collective efforts of several stakeholders. I am happy to inform you that today the WHO has declared India maternal and neonatal tetanus free.”
Over 600 delegates from across the world will attend the two-day summit to discuss initiatives to reduce maternal and child mortality rate.Health Minister J.P. Nadda and the health ministers of several nations including Senegal, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Ethiopia were among those who attended the event.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are 24 countries that make up for 36 percent of the global population and account for 70 percent of child and maternal deaths.
Mali has the highest Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) at 78, while South Sudan has the highest Mother Mortality Rate (MMR) at 730.India’s IMR stands at 40 while the MMR stands at 167. In comparison, in 1990, the IMR was 380, and the MMR was 540.
The Modi government hasnt scored too well on farmers issues, jobs and prices of essential commodities at the end of its four years in power, according to an online survey that also found a substantial number of people calling its performance “below expectations”.
The survey done by LocalCircles, a community social media platform, says that 43 per cent of those who participated in the poll rated the government as performing below expectations, 29 per cent rated it as meeting them and 28 per cent said the government was “exceeding expectations.
“Most performance parameters (of the government) show a decline over time as the gap between expectations set and impact on daily life rises,” according to the survey done with over 62,000 citizens from over 250 districts across the country. Thirty-five per cent respondents were females.
According to LocalCircles, each person who voted in the survey is registered with the portal with their detailed information and in many cases they shared their residential address.
The respondents have rated the government low on reducing crime against women and children, generating employment, improving farmers life, lowering cost of living and healthcare, the survey says.
However, it has scored well on improving India’s image globally, handling of Pakistan, fighting terrorism, infrastructure development and reducing tax harassment.
“Around 60 per cent citizens said price of essential commodities and cost of living have not reduced. Only 33 per cent believe that the price of essential commodities have come down in the last four years.”
According to the poll, around 32 per cent respondents feel that crime against women and children have reduced in the last four years while 58 per cent feel otherwise.
In the area of healthcare, only 32 per cent respondents believe that facilities and services have improved in the last four years whereas 62 per cent say no it has not.
On the state of the economy, 54 per cent respondents believe that the unemployment rate hasn’t reduced in the last four years, while 35 per cent think otherwise.
Around 46 per cent respondents believe that doing business in India was now easier while 39 per cent say it is not the case.
The respondents were asked if sufficient new infrastructure development — roads, power, irrigation, broadband — had taken place in the last four years.
“Approximately 65 per cent said yes while 29 per cent said no.”
Around 49 per cent respondents believe that corruption in India has reduced in the last four years while 44 per cent believe it has not reduced.
Asked if they felt India’s image had improved, 82 per cent said yes while 13 per cent said no.