UNICEF has presented a very gloomy picture of India's present (spanning 7 years) maternal health scenario. Pregnancy and delivery still pose significant risks to the life of Indian women. Every year 78,000 deaths are reported due to these complications, which is the highest for any nation throughout the world.
More than 25% of infant mortality around the world is reported from India. The mortality rate also has not changed significantly in the last 7 years despite best efforts. This incidence is highest in the region. Even the countries like Bangladesh, which are economically weaker than India fare better than us in this regard.
Do we as a nation feel proud that with the help of advanced technology involved in assisted pregnancy, recently a 70 year old woman after spending 20 years of her life in postmenopausal state delivered a baby? Or do we feel disappointed that the infant mortality rate is highest in the region and maternal mortality rate is highest in the world? The Haryana woman holds the world record as far as the age at which she delivered a baby is concerned. And at the extreme end our nation holds the dubious records of highest maternal mortality rate in the world and highest infant mortality rate in the region. These two paradoxical pictures of India are sufficient to awaken our conscience to introspect and find out that despite developing very fast in the medical technology where did we fail to reduce the high maternal and infant mortality.
The importance of the vision of the ancient Ayurvedic scholars was never felt as significant as it is in the present times-
This is of more significance in the Indian context that this important aspect was visualized and developed in India thousands of years ago and despite this the present scenario is so much disheartening and gloomy.
UNICEF has further stated in its latest report that women in the least developed nations are in fact 300 times more likely to develop childbirth- and pregnancy-related complications than the women in industrialized countries. This should alarm us to take some critical steps towards reducing these mortality rates. The health of the nation depends on the health of its citizens. The woman is the center of the society as a whole since the family is looked after and taken care of by her; if she is healthy the family and society in turn would be healthy. Families (particularly nuclear ones) with chronically sick woman circumstantially get shattered. Realizing this fact it is our moral duty to take care of this side of the society and in turn of nation.
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