Infant Mortality Rate has declined, says CM


Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the state has been successful in reducing Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) significantly. He said that while in 2000 IMR in the State was an alarming 96 in every 1000, it has dropped down to 40 in 1000 in 2015-16.

He further said that Odisha’s position as compared to other states like Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Bihar in this indicator is much better as shown in the National Family Health Survey IV.

Officials of Health and Family Welfare and Women and Child Development to the Chief Minister during a review meeting held at the State Secretariat on Thursday said that the national average of IMR in 2000 was 68 and after dropping 27 points it became 41 in 2015-16, whereas during the same period Odisha has registered a drop of 56 points.

Similarly, Chief Minister said that there has been a very significant improvement in institutional delivery in the State. While institutional delivery percentage was only 35.6 during National Family Health Survey 3 (NFHS 3)  in 2005-06, it went up to 85.4 percent by NFHS 4 survey in 2015-16 registering a growth of 49.8 percent.

Apart from IMR and institutional delivery, Odisha has also fared well in other health indicators.

While mortality rate of children below 5 years of age at national level in 2015-16 was recorded 50, in Odisha it was 49. There has also been a decrease in the nutrition indicators such as Underweight (0-5 yrs) and Stunting( 0-5 yrs).Other indicators such as Early Initiation of Breast Feeding, Exclusive Breast Feeding, Complementary feeding have also increased in a significant manner as compared to the national average.

The recently released India Fact Sheet of the NHFS-IV reveals the status of nutrition in the country. A comparative analysis of the results with that of Odisha shows that the State has shown good progress in almost all nutrition indicators.

Among others present during the meeting were, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, Principal Secretary to CM Rajesh Verma, Secretary Women & Child Developmen, Vishal Dev and Secretary Health & Family Welfare Pramod Kumar Meherda.


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