Singapore to help State curb infant mortality rate

Published: 02nd August 2016 06:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd August 2016 06:44 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Singapore has shown keen interest in assisting Karnataka to reduce the maternal and infant mortality rates in the state. The State government on Monday signed an MoU with Singapore Health Services Foundation in this regard.

Experts in pre-natal, neo-natal and birthing from Singapore are set to implement the latest systems and train the health care personnel as part of the MoU in tier-2 and tier-3 hospitals, in small towns and rural areas to reduce Maternal Mortality(MM) and Infant Mortality(IMO) rates in the state.

Singapore has a maternal mortality rate of 10 per 1000 births and infant mortality of 1.7 per 1,000 berths and is keen to help Karnataka to replicate this success in bringing down MM and IM rates in the state which stands currently at 10 per 1000 births and 1.7 per 1,000 births respectively.

Health experts from Singapore would bring the best technology and practices to the start and train doctors, nurses and other staff under a three-year programme, said Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare department Shalini Rajaneesh.

What is more, the programme will also be implemented without any additional financial burden to the Karnataka government.

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