With the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in the state falling to 28 in 2014 from 32 in 2011, West Bengal has achieved the highest decline in the country in this regard, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said today. “(West) Bengal has achieved the highest decline in the country in IMR as a big state and has been appreciated with Trophy and Certificate of Merit in the National Summit on Best Practices and Innovations in Public Healthcare Systems in India,” Banerjee wrote on her Facebook wall.
The summit was organised by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at Tirupati during August 29-31.
“The IMR in Bengal, which was 32 in 2011, has declined to 28 in 2014, as per the recent SRS data published in July, 2016,” the post read. “The corresponding figures of IMR of the country as a whole are 44 in 2011 and 39 in 2014. Thus, Bengal is far ahead of the country as a whole in terms of this critical health parameter,” she said.
Describing it as a “social revolution in child care sector under the state’s health system”, Banerjee congratulated health workers as well as doctors for the feat. “This achievement is due to hard work and dedication of doctors, officials and workers of our health sector. We are committed to do much more work for the society. I congratulate my health and other related departments,” she wrote.