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CM promises to eradicate malnutrition and poverty from Jharkhand

Jamshedpur, Sept. 2 : Already in the eye of storm following deaths of infants at Medical College Hospital, Chief Minister Raghubar Das today iterated that providing better healthcare facilities to the people of the state was top priority for his government and to ensure the health reach among the people many effective steps have been taken.

“Jharkhand has the lowest infant mortality rate (IMR), as per the recently released Annual Health Survey and we are taking every step to provide better care for mothers and infants,” he said answering queries of newsmen at Surya Mandir in Sidhgora.

He said steps are being taken to modernise the district hospitals so that people from the villages do not have to come to city for treatment. He said the health care centers are also being strengthened.

It may be mentioned that over 100 infants have died at MGM Medical College and Hospital in past two months.

A four-member probe team headed by director-in-chief, health department Dr. Sumant Mishra had visited the state-run hospital’s paediatric department following a complaint registered by a Jamshedpur-based human rights body Jharkhand Human Rights Conference.

The team, which also comprised director medical education A. N Mishra, regional deputy director (Kolhan) H. S Barwar and East Singhbhum civil surgeon K. C Munda will hand over its report.

Das reiterated the mission that his government was committed to making the state malnutrition-free in 10 years.He noted eliminating malnutrition was one of their priorities.

“ We are addressing the issue of malnutrition with a multi-sectoral approach and monitor the initiative to address malnutrition at state, district and block level,” he said.

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