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Mizoram to get reward from Centre for low infant mortality rate

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Mizoram to get reward from Centre for low infant mortality rate

Aizawl, June 28: Mizoram will receive an award from the Centre for reducing Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) nearly by half, an official statement said on Thursday.

Officials of state health department said that Mizoram has been selected among the best-performing state in reducing infant mortality rate.

Dr Lalrozama, Mission Director, National Health Mission and Dr Hmingthanmawii, State Programme Officer, Reproductive Child Health(RCH) will receive the award from Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare(MoHFW) Jagat Prasad Nadda in New Delhi on Friday, they said.

The selection of Mizoram to receive the award was informed by MoHFW Joint Secretary Vandana Gurnani on June 21.

According to data available at 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, officials said.

Mizoram has recorded Infant mortality rate (IMR) of 21 per cent during the fiscal year 2016-2017 with 405 infants dying before attaining the age of one.

The rate was highest in the southernmost Lawngtlai district at 29, followed by neighbouring Siaha district at 28. Aizawl East district had the lowest IMR count of 14, the report said.

The report said that as many as 21,986 pregnant women have registered during the period 2016 to March 2017 and 15,384 (70%) of them took medical treatment. During the same period, there were 19,426 newborn babies of which 17,379 were delivered in hospitals and health centres and the rest were delivered at home. Aizawl West District has registered the highest death of newborn babies at 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.

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Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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