Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh has registered a significant decline in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR).
Widely accepted as a crude indicator of the overall health scenario of a country or a region, IMR is defined as the infant deaths (less than one year) per thousand live births in a given time period and for a given region.
According to the just-released SRS (Sample Registration System) October 2021 bulletin, IMR of Arunachal Pradesh has declined by eight points – from 37 per 1,000 live births in 2018 to 29 per 1,000 live births in 2019.
The results signify that the strategic approach of the Government of India and the efforts of State Government on health through various initiatives, including strengthening of service delivery, quality assurance, RMNCH+A, human resources, community processes, information and
knowledge, drugs and diagnostics, and supply chain management have helped in the remarkable achievement in merely one year, O Thamphang, Deputy Director (IEC), National Health Mission,
Meanwhile, the officer said that Arunachal Pradesh has emerged as one of the better performing states in India in terms of COVID-19 vaccination coverage. As on October 25, about 77 per cent beneficiaries (7,73,313 out of a total of 10,09,000 populations of 18 years and above) have been administered the first dose, while 51 per cent (5,18,089) have received both doses of the vaccine under the nationwide inoculation drive.