Maternal Mortality Rates in Punjab

Context: Maternal Mortality Rates in Punjab fail to show any improvement.

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  • As per the Sample Registration Survey (SRS) for the years (2015 – 2017), MMR ( Maternal Mortality Rates) of Punjab is 122.
  • But, Punjab has not shown any improvement in this regard.
  • Between 2014 and 2016, a 6.9% drop in MMR rates could be observed in Punjab.
  • SRS survey was started by the government of India, back in the 1960s.
  • It is compiled by the Registrar General of India (RGI).
  • (SRS) gives reliable annual data on fertility and mortality at the state and national levels for rural and urban areas separately.
  • As per SRS, a decline of 22.6% could be observed across the nation between 2015 and 2017.
  • Kerala, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu are top three states best in MMR stats.
  • Rajasthan witnessed the highest decrease in MMR.

Punjab’s MMR

  • The MMR rates in the migratory population are considerably high, especially in a city like Ludhiana; migrant population is experiencing relatively high levels of MMR.
  • The Maternal deaths are prominent in the migrant community because they didn’t show up for antenatal checkups and care. (Lack of awareness and enthusiasm in availing services).
  • Despite the improvement in the quality of labour rooms and other infrastructure, MMR issues Persist.
  • Even in referral cases, the progress would be checked.

About maternal mortality

  • Maternal death or maternal mortality is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes.

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