Mizoram to receive award from Centre for reducing infant mortality rate by half
AIZAWL, June 29, 2018: Mizoram will receive an award from the Centre for reducing infant mortality rate (IMR) by nearly half, an official statement said on Thursday.
Officials of state's health department said Mizoram has been selected among the best-performing states in reducing infant mortality rate.
They said Lalrozama, mission director, National Health Mission and Hmingthanmawii, state programme officer, Reproductive Child Health (RCH), will receive the award from Union minister of health and family welfare (MoHFW) Jagat Prasad Nadda in New Delhi on Friday.
The selection of Mizoram to receive the award was informed by MoHFW joint secretary Vandana Gurnani on June 21.
Officials said according to a data available at the National Health Mission, the number of infant deaths in Mizoram has decreased from 20 in 2017 to 14 in 2018, which is regarded as a great achievement.
Mizoram has recorded IMR of 21 per cent during the fiscal year 2016-2017 with 405 infants dying before attaining the age of one.
The rate was the highest (29) in the southernmost Lawngtlai district, followed by neighbouring Siaha district (28).
Aizawl East district had the lowest IMR count of 14, the report said.
The report said 21,986 pregnant women had registered their names during the period 2016 to March 2017 and 15,384 (70 per cent) of them took medical treatment.
During the same period there were 19,426 newborns of which 17,379 were delivered in hospitals and health centres and the rest were born at their homes.
Aizawl West District has registered the highest death of newborns (144).
The maternal mortality rate during the fiscal was 104 with Siaha district having the highest MMR at 303.
There was no maternal death in the central Serchhip district, the report added.
Source: The Telegraph
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