Among 9 states, infant mortality rate increases only in Uttarakhand -Shivani Azad

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published Published on Oct 8, 2017   modified Modified on Oct 8, 2017
-The Times of India

DEHRADUN: According to the recent findings of the Sample Registration System (SRS), an annual survey conducted by the Union ministry of health, Uttarakhand's infant mortality rate (IMR) now stands at 38 deaths per thousand births, which is an increase of 4 points over last year.

This means that more infants are dying in the state than ever before.

What is perhaps most shocking about the findings which were released late last month is that among the nine Empowered Action Group (EAG) states — Bihar, Assam, MP, UP, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Rajasthan(which have been clubbed together since they have the highest infant mortality rates in the country), Uttarakhand is the lone state which has not shown any improvement.

While Madhya Pradesh has improved its infant mortalities from 50 to 47 this year, UP has reduced deaths from 46 to 43.

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The Times of India, 8 October, 2017,

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