The National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2022:Maternal and Child Health (MCH) revealed concerning trends among young mothers and children. The rise in diabetes in pregnancy and mental health issues among young mothers, along with a high prevalence of anaemia, obesity, and malnutrition among children aged 0-5 years, were reported.
Prof Dr Nazimah, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at IMU Healthcare, highlighted a significant increase in incomplete vaccination and vaccine hesitancy among parents while emphasizing on the importance of accurate information and improved health literacy to promote vaccination.
Preventive measures, including addressing modifiable risk factors for diabetes and hypertension, providing social support for mothers, and increasing awareness of postnatal depression, are crucial to tackle these health concerns. Additionally, educating parents about nutrition and family planning and improving health literacy are essential to promote better maternal and child health outcomes.