As they say, it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. It has been rightly underlined so.
Women and newborns are most vulnerable during and immediately after childbirth and globally, as per World Health Organisation, estimated 2.8 million pregnant women and newborns die every year, or one every 11 seconds, mostly of preventable causes.
Children face the highest risk of dying in the first month, especially if they are born too soon or too small, have complications during birth, congenital defects, or contract infections, the global body underlines. About a third of these deaths occur within the first day and nearly three quarters in the first week alone.
This scenario calls for improving the facilities in an up-to-date manner. The authorities should strengthen the existing facilities for both the children and women in the best advancement of the medical system in Jammu and Kashmir.
Of late separate paediatrics hospital having specialties in paediatrics department like paediatric surgery, paediatric cardiology, paediatric oncology, paediatric gastroenterology etc has come up in Srinagar. Also, New Maternity Hospitals of good beds capacity have been sanctioned by the Ministry of Health & family Welfare, Government of India, in twin capitals to strengthen the maternity related services and facilities in J&K.
These projects are bound to strengthen the healthcare services of the concerned areas and help increase life expectancy and decrease IMR/ MMR in the region. These decisions are welcome on part of the administration. Building quality infrastructure is very important. All places including the far-flung areas need to have adequate, affordable, and reliable healthcare facilities.
While the government has taken many steps towards reducing the gap between rural and urban areas and between the rich and the poor, disparities still remain, and access to superior healthcare, more so in rural areas remains a huge challenge. There is need to build a strong and comprehensive primary healthcare system to accomplish further advancements in health status of the populations and to reduce various disparities. Also there is continuous need to provide the latest facilities to people, in particular children and mothers. There is need to prioritize children’s health and ensure their well-being. The children are the future of the nation and the foundation of a society, and hence, everyone’s well-being should be taken care of.