Images of India : Hospitals in need of a health check…

HospitalsDespite the fact that 79% of babies were born in hospitals in 2011-12, up from 41% in 2005-06, India continues to have the highest rate of maternal and infant mortality among emerging nations. Water and sanitation hygiene (WASH) facilities were often absent; if pipes were laid, water was often unavailable; and there were largely no data or national planning for such facilities in primary health centres, community health centres, area and district hospitals surveyed by WaterAid over 2014 and 2016 in 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and Karnataka. As many as 167 Indian mothers die during every 100,000 live births, a rate higher than Cambodia with 161, and 22 infants die after every 1,000 live births, according to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.