Bhubaneswar, Nov 9 (LocalWire) The Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in Odisha has registered a 6.6% decline though still below the national average.
The state recorded 12 point decline in MMR, the second highest in the country after Rajasthan (13 point) between 2014-2016 and 2015-2017, according to Sample Registration System (SRS) report released recently by the centre.
Though the number of maternal deaths per one lakh live births continue to be high in comparison to other States, the MMR has dropped by 12 point in the state, it said.
While Odisha’s MMR stood at 180 in 2014-16, it has come down to 168, a drop by 12 points in 2015-17.
On the basis of the countrywide compilation of statistics, the MMR has come down from 130 per one lakh live births in 2014-2016 to 122 in 2015-2017 to 122 in 2015-2017, the SRS report said.
The proactive health policy implemented by the state government in promoting institutional delivery and timely shifting of pregnant women to hospitals has led to the reduction of MMR.
Besides, free ambulance services under 102 Janani Express and incentives under Janani Surakhya Yojana, Janani Sishu Surakhya Karyakrama and Mamata also helped to achieve the decline, health officials said.