60 newborns, six mothers die in Nepal every day: survey

March 9th, 2008 - 6:09 pm ICT by admin  

Kathmandu, March 9 (Xinhua) As many as 60 newborns and six mothers die every day in Nepal for lack of maternal and neonatal health services, a survey report has said. Around 2,500 mothers and 22,000 newborns die in the country every year due to inadequate maternal and neonatal health services, according to the National Demographic Health Survey, The Himalayan Times reported Sunday.

The report said out of 100,000 mothers, 281 die every year. Thirty-three out of 1,000 newborns also meet the same fate each year.

The government has taken different measures to make maternal health services accessible to the needy.

The National Safe Motherhood Policy has been formulated and special safe motherhood programmes were launched to decrease maternal mortality and morbidity, according to the report.

National and international agencies have also launched programmes to achieve these goals.

G.P. Ojha, director-general of the department of health services, was quoted by the daily as saying: “Though we have political commitment, proper laws and enough resources, many mothers in rural areas are still deprived of health services. This is due to the lack of awareness.”

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