Article originally featured in Times of India.
BHOPAL: Equipped with state-of the-art specialized medical care facilities, the Special New Born Care Unit (SNCU) in Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh is and has, till date, saved lives of more than 6000 new-born babies, according to health officials. Funded from NRHM and set up by government of Madhya Pradesh with support from UNICEF, the SNCU provides 24x7 institutional care for infants.
Thirty-eight such SNCUs exist in Madhya Pradesh and are helping save lives of thousands of children in the state.
"India accounts for 30 per cent of the neonatal deaths globally. In India, the neonatal mortality rate is 37 per 1,000 live births. Most of these deaths occur within the first days of life - 46.2 % occurring in the first two days of life and 73.3 per cent taking place within the first week of life," said a UNICEF official.
Here new-borns ones get better start to life. A nurse from maternity wing rushed a new born baby to the SNCU. The baby, just a minute old, lied still. He hadn't cried post his birth. The silence was deafening.
The SCNU is a neonatal unit in the vicinity of the labour room that provides care to all sick newborns (except for those requiring assisted ventilation or major surgery).
The nurse was confident, that the little one will make it - the baby was at the right place and in safe hands.
The nurses within seconds put the little-one on the incubator and started reviving him. Minutes later, a faint cry escaped the tiny lips announcing the arrival of the new one to the world.
Few minutes between life and death was heart rendering but happiness prevailed and life won.