Haryana Becomes First State To Launch High Risk Pregnancy Portal

| January 7 , 2018 , 12:47 IST

India has made great strides in the field of healthcare, however, it continues to struggle with high maternal and infant mortality rates, with high-risk pregnancies playing a leading role in the fatality rates.

In an attempt to facilitate early identification of high-risk pregnancies from the grass-roots level and ensure their timely referral to civil hospitals, Haryana has launched a High Risk Pregnancy (HRP) Portal, becoming the first state in India to do so.  

Although the High Risk Pregnancy Policy was implemented in the state since November 2017 to identify 100 percent name-based high-risk pregnancy cases and ensure their delivery by specialists at civil hospitals, the new portal will make identification and access much easier.

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"This initiative will definitely increase the pace of decline in Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR), Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Still Birth Incidence as morbidity and mortality is quite high in high risk pregnant cases, if not managed timely", said State health minister.

The health department principal secretary added, "This innovative web application has been designed to track every high risk pregnant woman till 42 days after delivery, so that she receives adequate treatment during the ante-natal period for healthy outcome of pregnancy".

In another move to help soon-to-be mothers, the Haryana government has implemented a protocol due to which a female attendant or 'birth companion' would be allowed in labour rooms during the delivery to improve the quality of care.