Drastic decrease in infant mortality rate in Sind, according to CM Murad – Latest News – The Nation


KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said his government, with targeted efforts on child health, has succeeded in drastically reducing the infant mortality rate from 104 to 46 per 1,000 live births over a five-year period.
“These are not my figures but they were revealed in a survey supported by UNICEF – 2020,” said the CM. This is what he said on Friday while speaking to the media right after attending a ChildLife Foundation program organized to celebrate 100,000 telemedicine consultations in Sindh at the Civil Hospital, according to a statement. . The program was attended by Health Secretary Zulfiqar Shah, Childlife CEO Dr Ahsan Rabani and others.
Syed Murad Ali Shah recalled that his government’s partnership with ChildLife began in 2010 with the sole objective of improving emergency care for children. “In 2018, a free emergency service was set up in five public hospitals, in Karachi, and now no child in the city is more than 30 minutes away from world-class, 24-hour free emergency services. 24 and 7 days a week,” he proudly declared.
The CM said that in 2019, nine urgent care centers for children were established in hospitals in Karachi, Hyderabad, Benazirabad, Larkana and Sukkur, where more than 900,000 children were treated every year.
The Chief Minister said that our partnership with the ChildLife Foundation has now resulted in the establishment of satellite telemedicine centers to improve service in DHQ/THQ as 2/3 of our population lives outside major cities. “In 2020, the telemedicine service was extended to all districts in the province and from December 2022, it would be further extended to all THQs,” he said and went on to say that by 2024, services would be provided to all tehsils in the province.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said the milestone of 100,000 telemedicine consultations had been reached. “Its impact is quality – consultation by pediatric emergency medicine specialists who are accessible 24 hours a day.” “The telemedicine system avoids visits to big cities, saves critical treatment time and a huge financial burden for parents.”
To another question, the CM indicated that the Prime Minister had confided in him on the decision relating to the closing of the markets at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. “I have directed Commissioners, Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur to consult with stakeholders so that the decision to close the market early in the evening can be implemented in the national interest,” he said.
Earlier, the Chief Minister visited the telemedicine control room and witnessed the telemedicine procedure. He said once fiber optic cable is installed in rural areas, the whole province will be connected through telemedicine systems.


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