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Modi won't be proud of this worrying statistic

January 06, 2014 11:57 IST

Gujarat has done a little worse than the national average when it comes to achieving decline in the Total Fertility Rate and Maternal Mortality Rate, according to the Union health ministry. 

TFR, which signifies the number of children born per woman, fell from 2.8 in 2005 to 2.4 in 2011 in the state, as per the Sample Registration System data.

The national decline in TFR in this period was 17.2 per cent, from 2.9 in 2005 to 2.4 in 2011.

The state registered 23.75 per cent decline in Maternal Mortality Rate -- the number of maternal deaths per lakh live births. Between 2004-06, the MMR was 160, while the same during 2010-12 was 122. The national decline, during the same period, was 29.9 per cent.

However, Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) -- number of child deaths per 1,000 live births -- fell in the state from 54 in 2005 to 38 in 2012, registering a 29.63 per cent fall, higher than the national decline of 27.5 per cent.

Maternal and Child Health Tracking System under the National Rural Health Mission has been put in place in all the districts of the state, the report said.

"Total of 42,17,965 pregnant women and 30,73,905 children have been registered with MCTS since inception," it said. 

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