'At 74 years, life expectancy in J&K 3rd best in country'

The life expectancy at birth in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 74 years, which is highest in the country after Kerala and Delhi, the government said Monday.

The life expectancy in J&K is also more than the national life expectancy average of 69.4 years.

Quoting health indicators in J&K due to which the life expectancy has increased, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, AtalDulloo told Greater Kashmir that the improved healthcare delivery services, upgradation of health infrastructure, improvement in supply chain mechanism and reforms in medical and nursing education had resulted in the overall improvement of the key health indicators of J&K over the years.

Citing the recent values of vital health indicators in J&K, Dulloo said, “Neonatal Mortality Rate (NNMR) of J&K has reached a single digit of 9.8 per 1000 live births recording 13.3 points decrease within a year. Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) has declined to 16.3 with 16 points decrease and Under-Five Mortality Rate (U5MR) has declined to 18.5 with a decrease of 19 points within a year.”

He said the sex-ratio in J&K had also recorded improvement from 923 to 976 during the past three years.

The Financial Commissioner, H&ME said: “Antenatal Check-ups (ANC) in the first trimester of pregnant mothers have increased from 76.7 percent to 86.6 percent and institutional births have increased from 85.5 percent to 92.4 percent within a year.”

“The percentage of fully immunised children (12-23 months) against the vaccine preventable diseases has increased in a year to 96.5 percent which is second highest in the country,” he said.

Neonatal Mortality Rate9.8 per 1000
Infant Mortality Rate16.3 per 1000
Under-Five Mortality Rate18.5 per 1000
Sex-ratio976
Antenatal Check-ups in first trimester86.6%
Institutional births92.4%
Percentage of fully immunised children (12-23 months)96.5%