District Hospital Kiphire introduced the first ever Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) to address newborn morbidity and mortality in the district.
Chairperson of Nagaland State Social Welfare Board, Bano Vinito inaugurated the KMC in the presence of Deputy Commissioner of Kiphire, administration officials, and leaders from various organisations.
Speaking on the occasion, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Kiphire, Reny Wilfred said, kangaroo mother care is a safe method of caring for low birth weight infants in limited resources setting. He said this method involves early, continuous and prolonged skin-to-skin contact between a mother and her newborn, frequent and exclusive breastfeeding and early discharge from hospital.
Wilfred added that the method is safe and effective alternative to conventional neonatal care.
According to World Health Organization estimate, more than 20 million infants are born every year with birth weight less than 2.5 kg. Such babies are at increased risk of early growth retardation, infectious diseases and death during infancy.