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28 August 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: Buoyed up by the gradual achievement gained in lessening the Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate, Odisha Health Department has now tightened up its belt to carve a niche at the national level by making an astounding performance in future.

Talking to media, Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das said, “Today’s review meeting was held to evolve out ways and means how we can progress more on containing Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR). What steps could be taken to check it further.”

He informed, “You will be pleased to know that our current status was 222. Now the current status is 180. Earlier it (IMR) was 51, now 41. We are now on our concerted efforts how to make a mark in the country. How can we accept the challenges as in the NITI Aayog’s data.”

“What are the districts to be taken much more care? Today our adviser Mr Reddy attended the review meeting. We held discussion with him. Plans are underway for better achievement. Yesterday, we had a meeting on the policy matter. Very soon we are going to put forth our Health Policy,” stated the Health Minister.

Responding to media query, he explained, “The 222 MMR status was in 2013. The start of our policy was 2016. In a period of three years we have achieved 180 from 222. Today we have planned to steal a march in checking the mortality rate at the national level.”

As per a press note, the Health Minister has directed to further activate and strengthen the ongoing ‘Sampurna’ scheme meant for containing both MMR and IMR. He has also directed to form a committee for the purpose and submit report within a month.  

It has been targeted to make MMR status 117 by 2020 while by 2030, the target is 70.

Similarly, the status of IMR has been targeted to lessen to 30 by 2020, stated the press note. 

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Naba Kishore Das, Minister, Health, Odisha