Raipur: The infant mortality rate has marginally come down in Chhattisgarh in the last three years, according to the official statistics.
"The state government`s joint initiative with UNICEF to control infant mortality rate have started showing results and continuously the infant mortality rate is declining here," an official said on Wednesday.
"According to recent figures, the infant mortality rate has come down to 48 from 51 per 1,000 in 2010," the official said.
The official further said that the state government has been continuously working with UNICEF to tackle child malnutrition, child and maternal mortality rate and it is gradually showing positive results.
Under Nawa Jatan scheme to combat malnutrition, UNICEF has provided technical help through its consultants by conducting base line survey in around 340 village panchayats where malnutrition rate was reported to be high, the official said.
"UNICEF will also help the government in 2013-14," he added. According to government statistics, as many as 40 nutrition rehabilitation centres were being run across the state last year which have now increased to 75.