J&K witnesses significant decline in infant mortality rate: Government

IMR down from 52 per 1000 live births in 2005 to 23 in 2017
J&K witnesses significant decline in infant mortality rate: Government
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Jammu and Kashmir has been able to achieve 'remarkable improvement' in multiple indicators related to maternal and child health in the recent years—with notable progress in reducing infant mortality rate (IMR), state government said on Tuesday.

According to an official spokesperson, a meeting wasconvened under the chairmanship of Financial Commissioner, Health and MedicalEducation, AtalDulloo in this regard here.

In the meeting, it was said that the institutionaldeliveries, fertility rate, antenatal care have seen an improvement in theperiod as reflected by data of National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-3 toNFHS-4. All this has translated into reduction of IMR from 52 per 1000 livebirths in 2005 to 23 in 2017.

Pertinently, J&K also registered a significant declinein the Under 5 Mortality Rate from 26 to 24 as per latest Sample RegistrationSystem (SRS 2017) data issued by Registrar General of India. The currentnational average of Under 5 mortality rate stands at 37 much higher than thatof the J&K State.

In order to further decrease Infant Mortality Rate acrossthe State to a single digit, an action plan has been developed by NationalHealth Mission, J&K with technical support from the Norway IndiaPartnership Initiative.

Speaking on the occasion, AtalDulloo said the government iscommitted to eliminate preventable deaths of newborns and children by 2030 inline with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During the meeting, the Financial Commissioner took athreadbare review of the action plan that enlists the community based andhealth facility-based interventions for reducing the child mortality rate.

He said that the department with active support fromNational Health Mission has put strenuous efforts to provide essential newborn careat Government health institutions across the State through Facility-Based andHome-Based Newborn Care.

The meeting was attended by Principal Government MedicalCollege, Srinagar, Prof Parvez Ahmad Shah, Director Health Services, Kashmir,DrKunzes Dolma, officials from National Health Mission and other allied wings.Principal Government Medical College, Jammu, Prof Sunanda Raina, DirectorHealth Services, Jammu, Dr Sameer Mattoo, Mission Director, National HealthMission, Bhupinder Kumar and other concerned participated in the meeting viavideo-conferencing.

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