Post Graduates will Increase from 80% to 100% by June, claims Union Health and Family Minister.Posted by Shubhangi Sarah on Jan. 21, 2013, 5:46 p.m.
Number of post graduate seats has seen an increase to 80% in the last three years and is likely to go up to 100% by June, so says the Union Minister for Health and Family Ghulab Nabi Azad.
Correlating the high maternal mortality rate to inadequate healthcare facility, Azad said that it is important to end the shortage of medical and paramedic resources in the country. “There are 328 million pregnancies every year, but we see 56,000 maternal deaths," Azad said while inaugurating the 56th All India Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AICOG).
The Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India is evaluating data of maternal deaths reported by their family members to understand the cause. “Bleeding after delivery is known to be the major cause of such deaths, but preliminary data shows that hypertension among mothers is another leading cause of maternal deaths," said Dr Nozer Sheriar, secretary of FOGSI.”
Azad feels that India has seen a significant decline in maternal and infant mortality rates as well as total fertility rate in the last decade, he also admits that we still have a long way to go regarding safety of the mother and child during and after pregnancy. ” As part of the motherhood scheme started by the government in 2005-06, over 5 crore women have benefited. The government has also spent Rs 6,700 crore on pregnant women.
As part of 'Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojana', over Rs 11 lakh crore have been spent whereas the government has set aside Rs 2,170 crore this year," he said adding that this scheme involves free diagnosis, medicines, consumables, food, Caesarean section and transport for pregnant women and sick infants.
One of the main reasons for high maternal mortality, Azad said, is the lack of timely access to medical services. "We have started 80,000 mobile medical units for rural areas in the last six years."