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Increase in major indicators for maternal, child health:Survey

A survey has shown significant increase in major indicators for maternal and child health, including immunisation in India.

The Coverage Evaluation Survey 2009 (CES-2009), a nationwide survey covering all states and Union Territories of India, commissioned by UNICEF was conducted during November 2009 to January 2010.

The report says the 'Janani Suraksha Yojana' has changed the scenario of institutional delivery in the country.

It said that since the beginning of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), institutional delivery has increased from 40.7 per cent to 72.9 per cent.

Safe delivery by skilled birth attendants has increased from 48.2 per cent to 76 per cent.

Mothers who had three or more Ante Natal Check-ups has also increased from 50.7 per cent to 68.7 per cent. Giving specific examples of so called backward states, the report says in Madhya Pradesh institutional delivery has increased from 29.7 to 81 per cent.

In Orissa, institutional delivery has increased from 38.8 per cent to 75.5 per cent, in Rajasthan from 32.2 per cent to 70.4 per cent, in Bihar from 22.0 to 48.3 per cent, in Chhattisgarh from 15.7 to 44.9 per cent and in Uttar Pradesh it has increased from 22.0 per cent to 62.1 per cent.

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