`Odisha death rate on the decline`

Bhubaneswar: The death rate is on the decline in Odisha, which has bagged the second place among major states and third among all states in respect of death rate, official sources said today.

According to Sample Registration System (SRS) 2005 to 2010, the drop in death rate of Odisha is 0.9 per cent against 0.4 per cent in national level.

Bihar recorded 1.3 per cent of decline in death rate among big states while Uttarakhand recorded 1.1 per cent decline among the smaller ones and union territories, the sources said.

State Health Minister Prasanna Acharya said the decline in death rate was mostly due to major growth in health infrastructure, deployment of trained manpower, provision of better care services in all health institutions across the state through involvement of Association of Social and Health Advancement, mobile health units and availability of essential medicines.

In respect of drop in birth rate in the state is above the national average. While national average is 1.7 points it is 1.8 point in Odisha, the sources said.

The maternal mortality rate (MMR) was 303 per one lakh mothers during 2004-06 and came down to 258 in 2007-09 in the state. The decline is 45 points in comparison to 42 points decline at the national level which is also better than other major states, Acharya said.

Meanwhile the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) Mission has helped the state in achieving 30 point decline in IMR in the last 10 years - the maximum in the country.

The IMR was 97 per one thousand live births in 2000 and has now come down to 61 in 2010, he added.


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