Rajasthan government has announced to start Navjaat Suraksha Yojana 2020 for infants. Health Department will soon bring a policy for new born babies who are born with low birth weight, malnutrition and those who are premature babies. The main objective of Navjat Suraksha Yojna is to bring down the infant mortality rate (IMR) and to take care of neonates. Moreover, Kangaroo Mother Care initiative would also be started in the state.
The Health dept. of Rajasthan will promote Kangaroo Mother Care technique to provide continuous skin-to-skin contact b/w mother and baby. Moreover, there would be exclusive breast milk feeding to keep the baby healthy under Kangaroo Mother Care initiative which is a natural incubator.
Nirogi Rajasthan Campaign has already been started in the state to reduce IMR and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR).
Rajasthan Navjaat Suraksha Yojana 2020
The new Navjaat Suraksha Yojana 2020 will help in bringing down the infant mortality rate further. This scheme aims to improve the healthcare facilities for neonates. Health dept. of Rajasthan has also decided to include Kangaroo Mother Care in Nirogi Rajasthan Yojana of the state government. Kangaroo Mother Care training programmes would be organized in Rajasthan to prevent deaths of neonates by improving healthcare facilities.
The state govt. of Rajasthan has 77 master trainers in Kangaroo Mother Care which will go to district and block level to train healthcare staff. In Rajasthan, the infant mortality rate is 35 deaths per 1,000 live births. As per the National Family Health Survey 2015-16, IMR in Rajasthan was 41 deaths per 1,000 live births. Health dept. aims to further bring down IMR by formulating Navjaat Suraksha Yojana, Nirogi Rajasthan and Kangaroo Mother Care initiative.
Kangaroo Mother Care is a low cost technique which is highly practical and has potential to save millions of new born babies without any burden or healthcare cost. This technique is still underutilized and if utilized properly, this initiative can save many lives. Health dept. is using this technique for the past few years at JK Lon Hospital and now Rajasthan has trained doctors and nurses.
The Kangaroo Mother Care is just like putting a child in warmer, which is a mechanical care, but it is a humanised care with better results.