“J&K sees an increase in the sex ratio at birth”


“J&K sees an increase in the sex ratio at birth”

Neonatal mortality, lower infant mortality rate

posted on April 27, 2022 | Author RK News



Srinagar, April 26: Jammu and Kashmir has recorded impressive improvement in sex ratio at birth from 923 to 976 while neonatal mortality rate and infant mortality rate are declining.

According to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Annual Report 2020-21, Jammu and Kashmir Health Scheme has approved UT of J&K Converged with Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jani Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) to provide free insurance coverage up to 25 lakhs per household per year.

“To meet the additional requirement of medical oxygen facilities in the current situation of COVID-19, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has started the installation of oxygen generation plants / gas pipeline system collector in 37 dedicated COVID healthcare facilities at a cost of 2223.80 crore under Capital Expenditure Budget (CAPEX) 2020-21,” the report states.

“In addition, the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Gol has provided 908 additional ventilators to various UT hospitals in preparation for the COVID-19 pandemic,” it added.

“A multi-pronged strategy has been adopted by the government of Jammu and Kashmir to revamp the health sector by improving health care delivery services, gradation of health infrastructure, improvement of the mechanism of supply chain and medical and nursing education reforms. This has led to overall improvement in J&K UT’s key health indicators over the years,” he said.

“The J&K Neonatal Mortality Rate (NNMR) reached a figure of 9.8 per 1000 live births, registering a decrease of 13.3 points and the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) fell to 16.3 with a decrease 16 points.”

“The under-five mortality rate (U5MR) fell to 18.5 with a decrease of 19 points and the sex ratio at birth also recorded an improvement from 923 to 976,” he said. .

“Prenatal checks (ANC) of pregnant women in the first trimester increased from 76.7% to 86.6% and institutional births increased from 85.5% to 92.4%,” he said. he adds.

“The percentage of children fully immunized (12 23 months) against vaccine-preventable diseases has increased to 96.5%, which is the second highest in the country and life expectancy at birth at J&K has reached 74, which is the highest in the country after Kerala and Delhi, while the national average is 69.4,” he said.

Sallie R. Loera