Alarming Infant Mortality in Maharashtra: 40 Daily Deaths, Majority in First Month
Maharashtra, India, is grappling with a heart-wrenching reality as approximately 40 infants under the age of one succumb to mortality every day, with a significant two-thirds of these tragic losses occurring within the first month of life. Premature births, low birth weights, and respiratory distress stand as the predominant causes behind these neonatal fatalities.
Several concerning factors have been identified as contributors to this distressing situation. The lack of maternal nutrition and delayed referrals to hospitals play a role in the high mortality rate. Additionally, the surge in hospital deliveries has not been accompanied by a commensurate expansion of healthcare infrastructure and workforce, further exacerbating the problem.
This somber situation serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need for enhanced healthcare resources, maternal support, and improved neonatal care to safeguard the lives of these vulnerable infants in Maharashtra.