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Telangana makes giant strides in health

Published: 25th Nov 2021 12:17 am

Hyderabad: Telangana has improved its performance in key healthcare indicators related to mother and child health, according to the fifth National Family Health Survey (NFHS 2019-20) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), which was released on Wednesday.

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When compared to the fourth NFHS survey carried out in 2015-16, the NFHS survey of 2019-20 has indicated strong improvement in vital healthcare parameters including Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR), Under-5 Mortality Rate (U5MR), overall sex ratio and the rise of institutional deliveries, especially in government hospitals in Telangana.

While the country’s Total Fertility Rate (TFR), or the average number of children a woman gives birth to in her lifetime, has declined from 2.2 to 2, in Telangana it remained unchanged at 1.8. The Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR), which indicates the usage of any kind of family planning method has also improved from 57 per cent in 2015-16 to 68 per cent in 2019-20.

Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), the number of infant deaths for every 1,000 live births, has improved from 27.7 to 26.4 while the Under-5 Mortality Rate, which is defined as the number of children who died before reaching the age of 5 for 1,000 newborns, has decreased from 31.7 to 29.4.

Telangana has also made significant progress in Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR), the number of deaths during the first 28 days of birth for 1, 000 live births, from 20 to 16.8. The fifth edition of NFHS in Telangana has also indicated a significant rise in institutional deliveries at government hospitals. Back in 2015-16, institutional deliveries in government hospitals was 30 per cent, which has now shot up to 50 per cent, according to the fifth NFHS report of 2019-20.

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