As a part of achieving UN's Sustainable Developmental Goals, India has to step up activities to reduce children's mortality, says Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu.
Inaugurating Rainbow Children's Hospital here, Naidu listed prematurity, low birth weight, pneumonia and diarrheal diseases as the major causes of child mortality in India.
According to the 2018 Pneumonia & diarrhea Progress Report, released on November 12, in 2016 alone almost 261,000 Indian children died before their fifth birthday due to diarrhea or pneumonia, both preventable diseases, he said.
"We need participation and cooperation of both public and private sector and see that an effective healthcare model is implemented across the country," Naidu said.
The Vice President urged the private sector to set up healthcare facilities in rural areas as part of its corporate social responsibility and not just focus on urban areas.
He said India must move from disease treatment to health promotion paradigm.