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Science and Technology [Paper-II]: Public Health and Community Medicine, Health Care


Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare launched Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully (SAANS) campaign.

About SAANS Campaign

  • It is aimed at reducing child mortality due to pneumonia, which contributes to around 15% deaths annually of children under the age of five.
  • It was launched to mobilise people to protect children from pneumonia, and train health personnel and other stakeholders to provide prioritised treatment to control the disease.
  • Under the campaign, a child suffering from pneumonia will be treated with pre-referral dose of anti-biotic amoxicillin by ASHA workers.
  • Health and wellness centres will use pulse Oximeter (device to monitor oxygen saturation) to identify low oxygen levels in the blood of a child, and if required, he will be treated by use of oxygen cylinders.
  • A Mass awareness campaign will be launched about the most effective solutions for pneumonia prevention like breast feeding, age appropriate complementary feeding, immunization, good quality air etc.

Pneumonia in India

  • As per Health Management Information System (HMIS) data, under-five mortality rate in the country is 37 per 1000 live births, of which 5.3 deaths are caused due to pneumonia.
  • The HMIS data ranked Gujarat second in the number of child deaths due to pneumonia, after Madhya Pradesh.
[Source: PIB, The Hindu]

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