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State, Johnson and Johnson partner for rural health training

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The Health department and private firm today entered into an agreement to train rural midwives and accredited social health activists about and maternal as well as infant mortality.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the and the MNC in the presence of state Health Minister here today.

He said that there are about 10,000 auxiliary midwives (ANMs) and 60,000 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) in the state and training would be imparted to them by the company at the district level.

He said that maternal and infant mortality rate is higher in nine districts of the state adding that in these districts, training to treat newborns in the "golden minute" and saving them from infections will be imparted to these ANMs and ASHAs. The agreement is for two years, Sawant informed.

In an official statement issued by the government, Sawant said that would also help in generating awareness among mine workers and their families about TB and the preventive measures to be taken to check the disease.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 20:45 IST
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