Urgent need to reduce deaths of children : Chandrababu

CHITTOOR: AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu today revealed that mothers and children’s deaths have increased in south India in the last decade.

Inaugurating the Pentavalent Vaccination program here at Padmavathi Women’s University in Tirupation Thursday, Naidu said there was an urgent need to reduce the deaths of children. The government was providing nutritious food to the pregnant women through Anganwadi centers, he said, adding that South India was lagging behind the in terms of IMR, MMR and Marriage-age sections.

Naidu said Pentavalent vaccine will work for five types of diseases in children. The vaccine will protect children from Kantasarpi, Korintha Daggu, Dhanurvatham, Hepatitis-B, Himofelus and Influenza-B deceases. Health protection is very important in these days, he said, adding that his government provided tablets to the Asha workers for the purpose.

He also advised pregnant women to be cautious and protect themselves from the diseases. “The women have to get educated and develop economically. The Andhra Pradesh government has been creating awareness among the pregnant women on the steps to be taken to protect their health, and it was providing nutritious food to the children and pregnant women,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas said the state government would provide quality medical services, and the government will fill the vacant posts in health and medical departments. On the occasion, the Chief Minister administered Pentavalent vaccine to children.

AP Minister BojjalaGopalakrishna Reddy, Health and Medical secretary Subrahmanyam, Asha volunteers, ANMs and others participated in the program. (NSS)

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