The Jharkhand administration is dedicated to putting important policies into place as part of a ground-breaking commitment to lower child mortality rates. The Health Department is preparing to launch the Neonatal Ambulance Service, also known as Nio Natal Ambulance, at the district level for the first time. This cutting-edge ambulance will have a box cabin that is intended to safely move neonates from one place to another. Furthermore, arrangements will be made for family members to be seated during the transfer.
The state government is now concerned about the regrettable trend of newborn mortality occurring within a few hours or days following birth. The government has made many promises to lower child death rates, but it is only now, in the district level, beginning to take significant and tangible action. To save the lives of newborns, the Health Department intends to launch the Nio Natal Ambulance service. Each area in the state will have one Nio Natal Ambulance to provide thorough coverage. Following the creation of a Special Neonatal Care Unit (SNCU) with 12 beds in general hospitals amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this effort aims to save the lives of newborns.
Even with the District Early Intervention Centres (DEIC) programme, which deploys specialised physicians, some instances still require referring neonates to higher institutions for specialised care. This speciality ambulance has been painstakingly managed with the goal of preserving the lives of newborns in mind. It will make it easier for new mothers to bring their babies from their houses to hospitals by operating similarly to how the 108 ambulance services do. These specialised ambulances will be available in every district around the state to meet the immediate requirements of infants.
The Jharkhand government’s calculated action represents a significant advancement in meeting the urgent medical wants of infants and guaranteeing their secure transportation to healthcare facilities. The district-level deployment of Nio Natal Ambulances is evidence of the government’s dedication to offering high-quality healthcare to all of its residents, especially the most marginalised groups.