New Delhi: The first-ever district level health survey has pointed out worst health indicators like birth rate, infant mortality rate, maternity mortality rate. The survey was conducted in the most backward districts of nine states- Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan and Assam.

The survey pointed out the worst health scenario in Uttar Pradesh as the Shravasti area tops the infant mortality rate. Likewise, maternity mortality rate found to be maximum in Faizabad division. Uttar Pradesh also lacks in family planning.

However, Uttarakhand’s report was positive as the infant mortality rate in Rudraprayag was least at 19 per 1000 births. Whereas, the infant mortality rate in Shravasti was maximum at 103 per 1000 births.

The target of bringing down infant mortality rate to 28 by 2015 was achieved by East Singhbhum of Jharkhand, Chamoli of Dhanbad and Uttarakhand, Rudrprayag, Pithodagarh and Almora districts.

The survey was carried out on maternity mortality rate at divisional level rather than district level. It was revealed that 183 pregnant women died during delivery per 1000 deliveries in Uttarakhand whereas 451 females died in Faizabad division of UP.

However, Sex Ratio at Birth (SBR) was reported minimum in the most backward areas of Moradabad. Around 1030 girl child were born per thousand boys whereas only 764 girls were born in Pithrogarh in Uttarakhand.

Likewise, family planning was seen low-key in UP while Shravasti remained at top with 40.9 percent birth rate.

JPN/Bureau