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At least 64 children died everyday in MP in 2016

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Global under-five mortality rate fell by 50 per cent since start of century: UN report

At least 64 children below the age of six died every day in 2016 in Madhya Pradesh, according to Health Department report.

According to a Hindustan Times report, Minister for women and development Archana Chitnis revealed in the state assembly that 25,440 children in the age group of 0-6 years lost their lives due to diseases like diarrhoea, measles, in one year.

Former chief minister Babulal Gaur alleged that the state government is providing misleading information on malnourished children in Sheopur district.

“The Health departments report stated that 116 malnourished children died last year but Minister for Women and Child Development is claiming that no death was reported due to malnutrition during 2015 and 2016,” Ghaur said in the Assembly.

Madhya Pradesh has the highest infant mortality rate (IMR) in the country with 52 deaths of children less than one year of age per 1,000 live births.

Experts said that the high infant mortality in the state was due to health sector suffering from many issues ranging from shortage of doctors to lack of proper primary healthcare infrastructure in rural areas.

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