Mother and Child Health – Immunization Program, BPBB, PMJSY, PMMSY, etc.

Fewer children dying in infancy, says National Family Health Survey

The Phase 1 results from the National Family Health Survey-4 for 2015-16, which covered 13 States and 2 Union Territories (UTs), are a reason to smile.

  1. In nearly every State, fewer children are dying in infancy, and across all States, more mothers are getting access to skilled ante-natal care.
  2. Other findings are that while anaemia is widespread, rates have declined.
  3. Currently, over half the children in 10 States and over half the mothers in 11 States continue to be anaemic.
  4. Consistent with the burden of non-communicable diseases in India, over-nutrition or obesity among adults has emerged as a major concern.
  5. The total fertility rates or the average number of children per woman, range from 1.2 in Sikkim to 3.4 in Bihar.

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