Boasting India's polio free status, PM Modi said, "Indian was declared polio free because of the collective efforts of several stakeholders. I am happy to inform you that today the WHO has declared India maternal and neonatal tetanus free."

Over 600 delegates from across the world will attend the two day summit to discuss initiatives to reduce maternal and child mortality rate. Health Minister JP Nadda and the health ministers of several nations including Senegal, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Ethiopia were among those who attended the event.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 24 countries that make up for 36 percent of the global population and account for 70 percent of child and maternal deaths. Mali has the highest Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) at 78, while South Sudan has the highest Mother Mortality Rate (MMR) at 730.

 

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