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Take efforts to bring down mortality rate: Kalam

Last Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 23:34

Coimbatore: Former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on Saturday night urged the medical fraternity to take efforts to bring down the Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR), which was comparatively high in India.
"High MMR which is preventable represents violation of women`s rights," Kalam, said during an interactive session held at Women`s Centre here tonight.
While admitting it as a vital indicator of development of a country and an issue of human rights, Kalam termed high MMR as a disturbing factor as India stood at 142nd position out of 176 countries.

Stating that he wanted the rate to come down by 75 per cent in the next ten years, Kalam also pointed out the steep increase in the number of women undergoing caesarian session for delivery.

First Published: Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 23:34
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