UP govt working to lower death rate

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Lucknow, Feb 26 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh government today claimed that it was fully committed to reduce mortality rate in the State.

''The birth rate in UP is 30.1 per cent against the death rate of 8.6 per cent at per thousand population,'' State Family Welfare Minister Thakur Jaiveer Singh replied on the question of RLD member Dr Ajay Tomar in the State Assembly.

''The death rate in rural areas is 9.1 per cent, which is higher than the same recorded in the urban areas at 6.6,'' the Minister informed.

The UP government is taking various steps to bring a decline in the mortality rate, Mr Singh said, adding ''efforts are underway to expand health facilities under the Rural Health Mission Programme.'' Among the various other steps, the State government had set up primary health centres over every 30,000 population.

Various safety programmes had also been started for disease detection and control of malnutrition.

Besides, other programmes for women and child welfare had already commenced, the Minister informed.

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