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India registers decline in Maternal, Infant Mortality rates

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India has shown a decline in maternal and infant mortality rates and would surpass SDG (sustainable development goals) of reducing maternal mortality to 70 per lakh live births by 2025 instead of the target of 2030, said Union Health Minister J P Nadda today.

The Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) per lakh live births has reduced to 130 while there has been a significant improvement in checking infant mortality rate (IMR) deaths.

“I am happy to share with the House that our MMR, IMR and under-five mortality has declined faster than the world pace. If we talk about MDGs, according to the 2014-15 records, the decline has been 77 per cent as against global 43 per cent,” added Nadda.

The states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra have shown good performance and states like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Rajasthan, Odisha and Jammu and Kashmir have performed low.

“Cash assistance is also provided to BPL/SC/ST women of low and high performing states delivering in accredited private institutions,” and BPL pregnant women, who prefer to deliver at home, are entitled to a cash assistance of Rs 500 per delivery, he added.

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