Saturday, October 28, 2006

Government, NGOs stress on safety of mothers

On Mothers Day, the Madhya Pradesh government and NGOs have called on all sections of civil society to ensure safety of mothers and children. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan urged women to rise above politics and work towards their welfare by benefiting from government schemes aimed at curbing maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate in the state. Maternal mortality rate in Madhya Pradesh is as high as 498 whereas the situation in case of infant mortality rate is equally alarming - 83 out of 1,000 children die before their first birthday.

Organisations like Madhya Pradesh Jan Adhikar Manch, Madhya Pradesh Voluntary Health Association, Mahila Chetna Manch and Centre for Advocacy have raised the issue with political leaders and highlighted loopholes in the system.

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