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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 3:

In a significant reduction in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in Odisha, it has dropped to 40 in the State against national average of 41.

According to fourth round report of National Family Health Survey (NFHS), there is a significant decline in Odisha’s IMR as compared to the national average.

Even, the IMR was dropped in Odisha as compared to the states like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Assam, Rajasthan and Jharkhand, the report said.

Odisha has been given the highest point in field of decline of IMR in the national average.

While the State had registered 96 in IMR in the year 2000 as compared to national average of 68, the IMR dropped to 65 in 2005, against national average of 57, said the survey report.

Expressing pleasure over the sharp decline in IMR in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “The reduction in IMR is encouraging. Apart from it, Odisha has registered a sharp increase in field of institutional deliveries, family planning and mothers care”.

Odisha has also achieved success in decline in Under-5 Mortality Rate, he said.

He congratulated the employees engaged in the concerned fields in Odisha.