According to a report published in TOI, the Union Health Ministry data revealed that Goa recorded the lowest infant mortality rate (IMR) with 10 infant deaths per 1,000 live births followed by Kerala at 13. Whereas Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh were recorded worst in infant mortality rate with 61 infant deaths per 1,000 live births.
Moreover, the IMR for rural areas has dropped by four points from 55 to 51 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, while the urban rate stands at 31 from the previous 34/1,000.
The report further claims that the highest Urban IMR was in Chhattisgarh and UP with 44 infant deaths per 1,000 births. States like Assam with an IMR of 58, Bihar (48), Chhattisgarh (51), Haryana (48), Madhya Pradesh (62), Odisha (61), Rajasthan (55) and Meghalaya (55) still have IMRs more than the national average of 47.
Meanwhile, the government has launched a home-based newborn scheme to reduce infant mortality rate where Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) will visit the homes of new mothers six times in 42 days to encourage safe newborn care practices and early detection and free referral of sick babies.