Odisha records remarkable decline in Maternal Mortality Ratio

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has recorded a remarkable 42 point decline in the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR), which has come down from 222 in 2011-13 to 180 in 2014-16 as against all India average of 37 points.

However, Odisha’s MMR of 180 is still way above the national average of 130, a huge cause of concern.

As per the recently published Sample Registration System (SRS) data for MMR 2014-16, Odisha has recorded a remarkable 42 point decline in MRM.

SRS is the largest demographic sample survey in the country that among other indicators provide direct estimates of maternal mortality through a nationally representative sample.

The Maternal Mortality Ratio of India has declined from 167 in 2011-2013 to 130 in 2014-2016. The decline has been most significant in Empowered Action

Group (EAG) states and Assam from 246 to 188. Odisha comes under EAG states.

Among the Southern states, the decline has been from 93 to 77 and in the other states from 115 to 93.