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Haryana: Action plan to reduce infant mortality

Expressing concern over Haryana's Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), the state government on Tuesday said that it is preparing an action plan in a bid to save more <g data-gr-id="22">new borns</g> in the state.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Ram Niwas, presided over a 2-day state level workshop here to prepare Newborn Action Plan (HNAP).

He expressed concern over the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) saying that at present it is 41 per thousand live births in the state, which is more than the national IMR of 40 per thousand live births.
"Similarly the Neonatal mortality and early neonatal mortality rate of the state are 26 per thousand live births and 19 per thousand live birth respectively, two points below the national average of 28 and 21 per thousand live birth," Niwas said.

"The majority of deaths during the first year of life occur by first month and many of them are preventable. Therefore, these require simple, cost-effective interventions before and immediately after delivery. These would be strengthened in the state. The Haryana Newborn Action Plan would help in reducing the deaths due to preventable cause," he said. 
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