In­fant mor­tal­ity rate drops by 8% in a year

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - NATION - Rhythma Kaul

NEWDELHI: In­dia’s in­fant mor­tal­ity rate (IMR) de­clined from 37 per 1,000 live births in 2015 to 34 per 1,000 live births in 2016, shows lat­est gov­ern­ment data re­leased on Fri­day. How­ever, there is still a long way to go to meet the 2019 tar­get of IMR 28 per 1,000 births.

The lat­est data from Sam­ple Reg­is­tra­tion Sur­vey (SRS) Bul­letin high­lights a sig­nif­i­cant 8% de­cline in coun­try’s IMR, even though more in­fants are dy­ing in the ru­ral ar­eas. IMR in ru­ral In­dia is 38 per 1000 live births as com­pared to 23 in the ur­ban ar­eas. The data shows 90,000 fewer in­fants died in 2016 as com­pared to 2015. The to­tal num­ber of es­ti­mated in­fant deaths has come down from 9.3 lakh in 2015 to 8.4 lakh in 2016.

The data shows that the gen- der dif­fer­ence be­tween fe­male and male IMR has re­duced to be­low 10%.

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