Rajasthan to launch action plans to reduce Infant Deaths

The health department sets new targets to save more infants dying in the state. Rajasthan is among the states with not so good health indicators. Now, health department has sets targets to improve one of the key health indicators — infant mortality rate (IMR).
As per Sample Registration System (SRS), 2013 reports published by Registrar General of India the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) of India is 40 per 1000 live births and as per Sample Registration System (SRS), 2011-13 reports Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) is 167 per1,00,000 live births in the Country. Over the past 10 years, the state has reported significant drop in IMR. Ten years ago, 61 infants died per 1,000 live births but now it has dropped to 41 deaths. Now, health department has targeted to bring it further down to 23 deaths per 1,000 live births in the next 10 years.
Rajasthan health department has set new goals to meet this challenge. According to Ms. Veenu Gupta (Principal Secretary, Rajasthan Health Department), high NMR (Neonatal Mortality Rate) prevailing in Rajasthan needs to be checked before the situation turns worse. The health officers are targeting to sculpt it down to 12 deaths/1000 live births by 2030.

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