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India’s infant mortality rate drops

Oct 26, 2012

India’s infant mortality rate (IMR) has come down to 44 in the year 2011 as against 47 in year 2010.

According to the Indian government, the latest bulletin of the Sample Registration System (SRS), released by the Registrar General of India, the infant death count per 1000 live births for rural areas dropped by three points from 51 to 48 per 1,000 live births, while in urban areas it decreased to 29 from the previous year's figure of 31.

According to the official release, Goa and Manipur recorded the lowest IMR of 11 infant deaths followed by Kerala with 12 infant deaths per 1000 live births.

India's central state of Madhya Pradesh has the highest IMR of 59 per 1000 followed by the northern state of  UP and the eastern state of Odisha with 57 each. The IMRs in Assam, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Meghalaya stood over the national average of 44.

The SRS is a large-scale demographic survey for providing dependable annual estimates of birth rate, death rate and other fertility and mortality indicators at the national and sub-national levels.


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