Aizawl: Claiming that Mizoram is currently leading among small states in the country in the latest health index released by NITI Aayog, state minister for health and family welfare Dr R Lalthangliana said that the state has achieved a reduction in infant mortality rate (IMR) from 37 in 2010 to 15 in 2019.
Lalthangliana said this after inaugurating a health and wellness centre at Zembawk recently.
“To further improve the critical healthcare indices, the state health department has set up destination targets to be achieved in the next two to three years. The targets are: bringing down IMR below 10 in the next two to three years; bringing down MMR below 50; achieving 90% registration of all pregnancies at the sub-centres and achieving 100% immunisation for all children,” the minister said.
The inauguration was also attended by the president and CEO of Jhpiego, Dr Leslie Mancuso. Jhpiego is an international non-profit health organisation affiliated with the prestigious Johns Hopkins University. With funding from USAID, it is partnering with Ayushman Bharat in improving healthcare in the country.
Under Ayushman Bharat, all sub-centres, primary health centres and urban primary health centres in the state are to be upgraded to health and wellness centres by 2022. These centres aim to provide affordable and comprehensive healthcare services to citizens as close to their doorsteps as possible.
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