Government should integrate the children’s budget, says Suchi

The budget for children is scattered with different departments which should be integrated. This will have greater accountability and transparency along with beneficiaries will be benefitted to a greater extent, said Save the Children Chief Executive Officer Sudarshan Suchi.

He said that 40% of the Indian population is children, so if resources are unified then implementation will take place in a concentrated manner and can have unified engagement with them. He was in Jaipur to review the various programmes being carried out in the State.

Suchi said Pneumonia Skill Lab has been set up by Save the Children with the help of the National Health Mission at Janana Hospital in Tonk. This is the first skill lab in the State for pneumonia management, where medical personnel are imparted training to save children from this infection.

He said, “Accredited Social Health Worker (ASHA), Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife (ANMs) and General Nurse Midwife (GNM) are being trained at Pneumonia Skill Lab to identify, address and ensure curative action for this infection. The Government of Rajasthan will be imparting training all the medical personnel across the State based on the material developed by us and will soon set up a pneumonia management lab in each district based on the model lab in Tonk.”
India has the highest burden of childhood pneumonia in the world, both in terms of morbidity and mortality. Around 140,000 children die due to pneumonia annually in the country. There are 30 million new cases of childhood pneumonia reported every year, with an incidence rate of 0.22 episodes per child-year. Approximately ten percent of these episodes tend to be very severe. Among children under-five years, pneumonia contributes to nearly a sixth (14%) of all deaths in India, In order to achieve this goal, mortality due to childhood pneumonia needs to be reduced to less than three per 1000 live births from the current level of 5 per 1000 live births, which is also in tune with the goal of India’s Integrated Action Plan for pneumonia and Diarrhea (IAPPD).

Surdarshan said that to reduce pneumonia cases in under 5 children. It is important to improve case management skills at facility and build capacity of Medical Officers, Community Health Officers, ANMTC Tutors and staff nurses engaged in management of childhood pneumonia and build capacity of trainees of ANMTC. Save the Children established Rajasthan’s first pneumonia skill lab at district Tonk under Project ‘VISHWAAS’. This lab is established at Maternal and Child Health Hospital, Tonk with technical support of State Institute of Health and Family Welfare (SIHFW), Jaipur under SAANS (Social Awareness action to neutralize pneumonia successfully) campaign in Rajasthan.

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