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India has witnessed a decline in the maternal mortality ratio (MMR), officials said on Wednesday.

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The South Asian country has witnessed a decline in MMR from 130 in 2014-16 to 97 per 100,000 live births in 2018-20.

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“According to the Special Bulletin on MMR released by the Registrar General of India (RGI), India’s MMR has further improved by a spectacular 6 points and now stands at 97/100,000 live births,” the Health Ministry said.

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The MMR is defined as the number of maternal deaths during a given period per 100,000 live births.

“According to the statistics derived from the Sample Registration System (SRS), the country has witnessed a progressive reduction in the MMR from 130 in 2014-2016, 122 in 2015-17, 113 in 2016-18, 103 in 2017- 19 and 97 in 2018-20,” the ministry said.

“By achieving this, India has achieved the National Health Policy (NHP) target for an MMR of less than 100/100,000 live births and is on the right track to achieve the sustainable development goal ( ODS) of an MMR of less than 70/100,000 live births by 2030″.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the decrease in MMR.

“Very encouraging trend. Happy to see this change. Our emphasis on promoting all aspects related to women’s empowerment remains very strong,” Modi tweeted. ■

(Xinhua)

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