Health/ Use of new colored sheets every day leads to reduction in infant mortality rate at Nashik hospital in Maharashtra

  • Hospital administration claims – Changing bedsheets daily in special care unit reduces risk of infection
  • In this unit sheets of colours like green on Monday and blue on Tuesday are being laid

Nashik: To reduce infant mortality, the Civil Hospital in Nashik, Maharashtra has conducted a new experiment. Here in the special care unit, different colored bedsheets are being used every day. Like green for Monday and blue for Tuesday. The hospital administration claims that the initiative provides clean and infection-free bedsheets to the newborn daily. In addition, mops and buckets were placed in each cubicle. These efforts have reduced infant mortality by 8%.

Use a sheet for only one day

According to Pankaj Gajre, in-charge of the Special Newborn Care Unit, he uses green bedsheets on Monday, blue on Tuesday, pink on Wednesday. At the same time, reddish-brown is laid on Thursday, saffron on Friday, light green on Saturday and light blue sheets are laid on Sunday. A bedsheet is used on a single day.

Staff of 15 people in 16-bed unit

In this care unit, 55 children out of an average of 346 died per month earlier. Now about 250 to 300 newborns are admitted here every month. The infant mortality rate has come down by 8 percent. The care unit has 16 beds, three medical officers, 8 nurses, and 4 people as support staff for better care of the newborn.

According to the Sample Registration Survey 2017, the infant mortality rate (IMR) in Maharashtra has declined in the last ten years. Infant mortality is the death of young children under the age of 1.

IMR comes down to 13 in 2017 from 24 in 2008

This death toll is measured by the infant mortality rate (IMR), which is the number of deaths of children under one year of age per 1000 live births.

The IMR in 2008 was 24 out of every 1000 children, falling to 13 in 2017. This figure has now reached close to Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

One of the reasons for the low mortality rate in Maharashtra is a special action plan. In order to reduce IMR, WHO and UNICEF jointly launched the Every Newborn Action Plan, which had a positive impact in Maharashtra.