Telangana’s Maternal Mortality Rate Dips, Nears UN Goal
The Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) has significantly dropped from 92 to 81 in Telangana. This figure marks the state’s achievement since it is a few inches close to attaining the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal.
Improvement in state key reason for MMR dip
As per the latest report released by Sample Registration System (SRS) for the period 2014-2016, the number of women dying during childbirth per 1 lakh live births in Telangana, stood at 81. The state is now inching closer to the 70 mark – a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) set for the country. It dropped to 81 from 92 during the period 2011-2013.
The Ministry of Health, in a tweet, stated that ten states in India have achieved the Millennium Development Goal target for MMR. Telangana is one of these ten states.
On June 10, state health minister, C Laxma Reddy, acknowledged that improvement in Telangana was one of the primary reasons which led to the MMR drop in the entire country. Connecting the decline in the state to the recently launched KCR kits scheme, C Laxma Reddy tweeted, “Government of Telangana has also shown a remarkable decline in MMR and this contributed to the overall decline in MMR in India. The KCR Kit programme and strengthening of government hospitals have helped us achieve decline in infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate.”
SRS is the largest demographic sample survey in the country providing direct estimates of maternal mortality.