According to the Sample Registration Survey (SRS) 2013 Karnataka has the highest stillbirth rate in India. That is, 12 deaths per 1,000 births.
- The survey notes that Karnataka’s perinatal mortality rate stands at 30 per 1,000 live births.
- This is higher than the country’s average of 26 per 1,000 births.
- Stillbirths and perinatal mortality are the only two health indicators where Karnataka fares badly.
- Higher number of stillbirths also grossly indicates the low pre-natal and natal care for pregnant women in primary health centres.