Gujarat: Doctors plan study to reduce high infant mortality rate in tribal areas

  • | Wednesday | 9th October, 2019

The study will also focus on removing the lacunas in these practices that directly or indirectly are connected to infant deaths. The study, being funded by UNICEF, will be carried out by the community medicine departments of BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad; GMERS Medical College, Gotri; GMERS Medical College, Sola; and Baroda Medical College, Vadodara, through their medical students and ASHA workers. According to Rajesh Mehta, head of the community medicine department at GMERS Medical College, Sola, hypoxia, hypoglycemia, and hypothermia are three major reasons behind infant deaths. Mehta told DNA that the study will be carried out in the two tribal districts of Dahod and Narmada. Similarly, out of the infant deaths that take place within one week, 50-70 per cent of the deaths take place on the first day itself.

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