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New Delhi : India has registered a significant decline in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR). According to the just released Sample Registration System (SRS) Bulletin, IMR of India has declined by three points (8% decline), from 37 per 1,000 live births in 2015 to 34 per 1,000 live births in 2016 compared to two points decline last year.
Not only this, India also recorded a major drop in birth cohort, which has for the first time come down to below 25 million. India has registered 90000 fewer infant deaths in 2016 compared to 2015, according to a PIB release.
According to the SRS Bulletin, the gender gap in India for child survival is reducing steadily. The gender difference between female and male IMR has now reduced to <10%, giving a major boost to the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme of the Government.
The results signify that the strategic approach of the Ministry has started yielding dividends and the efforts of focusing on low performing States is paying off. These remarkable achievements in merely one year is also the result of a countrywide efforts to increase the health service coverage through various initiatives of the Government