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More girl infants die in Odisha than boys : Survey


OST Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 10

A recent survey finding says the female infant mortality is higher than male infant mortality in all cases of rural, urban and total areas in Odisha.

According to the Annual Health Survey (AHS) Bulletin- 2011-12 released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, has revealed that while the male IMR is 58, the female IMR is 66 in rural areas, which is much higher than that of the ratio in the urban areas (40:43).


In the Under-5 Mortality Rate (U5MR), Odisha is placed seventh in the list of nine states where the AH Survey was undertaken.

In the national IMR table, Odisha is poorly placed in comparison to neighbouring Jharkhand. While the IMR in Odisha is 59 per 1000 births, Jharkhand is far better placed and registered the lowest IMR of 38.

Uttar Pradesh tops the list with 70.

However, in case of Crude Birth Rate (CBR), Odisha is much better placed than Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

CBR in Odisha is 19.8 while in Bihar it is 26.3 and Uttar Pradesh 25.

In the case of the Natural Growth Rate (NGR), Odisha ranks first among the nine states where the AHS was taken up.

The newly-released data show that a girl child aged between one and five years is more likely to die than a boy, making it one of the worst gender differentials in child mortality in any state in the country.