Infant Mortality Rate improving

There has been a 6% drop in IMR (50 deaths per thousand in 2009 from 53 in 2008). While IMR has been steadily improving since 2003 in most states, there have been some states where it has marginally gone up. These are Meghalaya, Goa, HP, Manipur, Sikkim and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. While IMR for states like UP (67 to 63) and Bihar (56 to 52) has dropped, however overall it still remains high.

Health ministry undertakes yearly survey for the states with poor health indicators and hopes to make specific policies for districts where specific interventions are considered necessary.

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