Walkathon marks conclusion of Newborn care week

New Born Care Week State Level Campaign

Save the Children Newborn Care Week Mini Walkathon marks conclusion of state level campaign on New Born Care week in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Marking the culmination of the ongoing Newborn Care Week 2015, international non-profit organisation Save the Children organised a unique mini walkathon and meeting in the capital city on Saturday.

Over hundred students from various Journalism Institutes, Ramadevi University, Biju Patnaik University of New Born Care Week Mini WalkathonTechnology (BPUT) etc participated in this one of its kind “Mini Walkathon” carrying banners, placards and flags, in order to spread awareness in society for improvement of healthcare of new born and child survival.

Eminent personalities from various walks of life joined the mini walkathon and encouraged the students in the initiative. Noted litterateur Dr. Gourahari Das, Dr. H K Mishra, Addl. Director Child Health, H&FW Dept. Govt. of Odisha, young political leader and MLA Chandbali Mr. Byomakesh Ray, journalist and popular TV news anchor Ms. Itishree Nayak, Odissi danseuse cum TV actress and social worker Ms. Prativa Sahu Panda graced the occasion and addressed the gathering of students. Dr. Soumyakanta Mishra, Programme Coordinator (Health), Save the Children anchored the programme.

The speakers stressed on initiatives to spread awareness which can play a greater role for developing better understanding on Newborn care. To reduce IMR we need to be watchful from infection, Lack of oxygen to foetus and new born baby, Hypothermia and Premature deliveries which are the main causes of death among the newborn kids. Hence exclusive Care to Mother during pregnancy and after Delivery is the best possible care for the new born, said the dignitaries in the culminating meeting.

The New Born Care Week “Mini Walkathon” from Stewart School road and culminated at Sambad School of Media and Culture campus in the city. Eminent speakers and dignitaries deliberated on various aspects of new born care including common precautions to avoid infections to the child, special care for underweight babies and importance of mother feeding for survival of new born kids.

The theme of “New born week “2015 is “Quality Improvement by Data Keeping”. New Born Care Week is celebrated every year throughout the country from15 to 21 November. The aim is to generate awareness and suggest measures to improve health of new born and child survival. Infant mortality rate (IMR) is a major concern of the state Odisha. The rate of Infant Mortality has decreased. As per the “Sample Registration Survey” SRS 2011 = IMR is 53 per 1000 live births in Odisha against national rate of 42/1000 live birth, said programme coordinator of Save the Children Dr. Soumyakant Mishra while addressing the gathering.

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