Aligarh: Prof. Mujahid Beg, a Senior Consultant at Department of Medicine, J.N. Medical College and Proctor, Aligarh Muslim University said that morbidity and mortality rate among infants and children in Uttar Pradesh is still a matter of serious concern. It is the doctorsâ€™ duty to take concrete steps for rectifying the situation. Prof. Beg was addressing the valedictory function of 6th batch of Training of Trainers (ToT) under the auspices of â€œComprehensive Child Survival Programmeâ€ (SSCP) for Medical Officers of Uttar Pradesh in collaboration with UNICEF & National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) held at the Department of Paediatrics, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College.
Prof. Beg said that about 105 lakh children died under the age of five years every year in the world. In India 22 lakh children die under the age of five years every year. He urged the Doctors to treat the patients in friendly atmosphere and make efforts to bring down the mortality rate.
Prof. S. Manazir Ali, Chairman, Department of Paediatrics and Coordinator of the programme said that a considerable decline has been witnessed in the death rate among the newborn babies but efforts should be made from the very first hour of birth to defeat death taking on our children. Prof. Ali said that more than 1200 children every hour and more than 20 children under age of five years die every minute at a rate of one child dying every 3 second. He said that the comprehensive child survival programme is run under the rural health mission keeping in view this objective.
Prof. Abdul Mateen, Chairman, Department of Sociology and Social Works urged the doctors to work hard to bring the benefits of health care mission to the rural areas and ensure safety of the newborn babies.
Earlier, Prof. A.K. Verma, acting Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Prof. Haris M. Khan, Medical Superintendent and Prof. Abdul Mateen distributed the certificates to the Medical Officers of different districts of Uttar Pradesh. Twenty four Medical Officers and Deputy Medical Officers from Sitapur, Meerut, Pilibhit, Kanpur, Kushinagar, Mainpuri, Bagpat, Bewar, Ballia, Rama Bai Nagar, Machrehata and Mahoba participated in the programme.
Dr. Javvad Suri, Divisional Coordinator, Health and Nutrition (UNICEF Representative) expressed his gratitude and thanks to the faculty members of Department of Pediatrics, trainees and trainers.