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Karnataka Is Aiming To Bring Down Infant Mortality Rate To Single Digit: CM Basavaraj Bommai

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The Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in Karnataka is 2 percent (around 20 per 1000 live births), and the aim is to bring it down to single digit, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Sunday, July 17.

He also advocated the need to bring down Maternal Mortality Rate in the state. "The IMR and MMR are much lower in the state except for 5-6 districts which have dragged the state a bit down. So we are giving special focus to these districts. For the first time in the history of the state, we have identified these aspirational taluks. We are working with high parameters on education, health, nutrition, women and child welfare in these taluks," Bommai said.

Efforts are on a war footing to bring down MMR in these 5-6 districts, he said, and appealed to the medical fraternity to join hands with the government in this endeavor.

The Chief Minister was speaking at the 'Conference on Updates in Specialty Pediatrics' organised by the Rainbow Children's Hospital.

He noted that budgetary allocation for health and education has been increased while programmes are being implemented to eradicate malnutrition, and nutritious food is being served to children at Anganwadis and children of the poor working class.

He also emphasised the role of paediatricians in maintaining the health of a child from the conception stage to adulthood.

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