VISAKHAPATNAM:District collector N Yuvaraj called upon the staff of district medical and health department to reduce the maternal mortality rate (MMR) and infant mortality rate (IMR) through long-term planning and timely supply of iron tablets and sucrose injections for pregnant and lactating women apart from adolescent girls here Saturday.
Reviewing the infant and maternal mortality rate reported in the district during the month of March, he warned the medical officers that they would be held responsible if mothers die due to anaemia and related complications.
The collector asked the officials to prepare proposals for setting up ultrasound scanners in all primary health centres in the district particularly in the rural areas.
He wanted the officials to take special care of tribal women/girls who are increasingly suffering from sickle cell anaemia. Monthly reports from each cluster should be submitted to the district collector. District medical and health officer J Sarojini, district hospitals coordinator Nayak and others were present.