Owing to the sustained efforts of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh to promote the health of children and infants, the state has seen substantial improvement in maternal and child health indicators as revealed by the NFHS V (National Family Health Survey 5) released on Wednesday.
Prior to the year 2017 in the state, where thousands of children used to succumb to diseases such as encephalitis, NFHS V has revealed Uttar Pradesh leading in many areas and that figures have improved as compared to the previous survey of NFHS 4.
While the number of malnourished children is decreasing in Uttar Pradesh, there is a significant increase in vaccination. In a major boost to the health and medical facilities under the present Yogi regime, full immunization coverage in Uttar Pradesh has gone up from 51.1 to 69.6 per cent.
Children between the ages of 12-13 months who have been fully vaccinated has increased from 51.1 percent (NFHS-4) to 69 percent (NFHS-V).
The data of the National Family Health Survey-5 is testimony to the fact that UP has improved more than the national level. The number of women affected by anemia has come down by 5.1 percent. Whereas at the national level it is 1.8 percent. There has been a 6.6 percent reduction in cases of decreased growth of children in the state, which is 2.9 percent at the national level. The state has recorded a decrease of 7.4 per cent in cases of underweight children. Whereas at the national level it is 3.7 percent.
Improvement in immunization of children
Due to the relentless efforts of the state government, UP has shown considerable progress in the National Family Health Survey-5. In the last four and a half years, the government has launched and implemented various special schemes to enhance the health of children. All these schemes have paid off at the grassroots level, as a result of which the graph of children from breastfeeding to their vaccination has increased.
The breastfeeding rate of six-month-old children in the state has increased from 41.6 to 59.7 percent. The general immunization rate of children has also increased from 51.1 to 69.6 percent. Awareness regarding the health of children has also increased among the people of the state.
Meningitis in control
As a result of the planned and phased strategy implemented by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to curb diseases in children, there has been a 75 percent reduction in meningitis-like illness and 95 percent reduction in deaths due to this disease, which has killed thousands of children over the years. The Gorakhpur division has also gained appreciation for the control of infectious diseases at the national and international levels.