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UNICEF’s Odisha Head Meets Health Minister, Continue Support To Further Decrease MMR, IMR

29 August 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: UNICEF's Odisha Chief Monica Nelson today met the Health & Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das at the Lok Seba Bhawan (State Secretariat) here and discussed on the various schemes and programmes being implemented in the State to decrease Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR).

Appreciating the successful implementation of the family welfare schemes and programmes, especially ‘Sampurna’ in Odisha, Nelson stated that UNICEF will continue to extend its support towards in this initiative.

UNICEF’s Health expert Dr Vivekananda Virendra Singh was also present at the meeting.

Notably, the Health Minister has yesterday 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 a 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.