March 1, 2019
Bangla declared leading State in family planning
Bangla has been declared as the leading state for adopting effective family planning methods at the 5th National Summit in Guwahati.
The infant mortality rate has dropped to 25 per 1,000 births while the institutional delivery rate has increased to 97 per cent due to a number of initiatives taken up by the Trinamool Congress Government.
As per an economic review published by the State Government’s Department of Planning and Statistics, in 2018-19, the state leads in postpartum intrauterine contraceptive device (PPIUCD) acceptance rate in the country, with an achievement of 40 per cent.
With continued emphasis on family planning, the couple protection rate (CPR) of Bangla has improved from 49.9 per cent to 57 per cent, one of the highest in the country.
The review also mentions that the teenage fertility rate has dropped from 25.3 per cent to 18 per cent and the occurrence of low birth weight has also declined from 22.9 per cent to 16.7 per cent.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has laid great emphasis on health infrastructure in the rural areas and on mother and child care. Various Waiting Huts or ‘pre-delivery huts’ have been constructed by the Health Department to provide free healthcare facilities to pregnant women in remote areas.
It may also be mentioned that the Bangla Government has achieved another significant milestone – immunisation of 99 per cent of its children.
Source: Millennium Post