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UN reports claims In every 2 minutes, three infants die in India

New Delhi : Three infants die every two minutes on an average in India due to lack of access to water, sanitation, proper nutrition or basic health services, according to a report by the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UNIGME).

According to this report, during the last five years, about 8,02,000 newborns in India had lost their lives in 2017, this figure also reflects the highest mortality rate in the world. 

The number of infant deaths has come down from 8.67 lakh in 2016 to 8.02 lakh in 2017. In 2016, India's infant mortality rate was 44 per 1,000 live births. In 2017, sex-specific under-five mortality rate was 39 in 1,000 live births for male and 40 in 1,000 live births for females.

The main reasons behind infant deaths remain to be lack of access to water, sanitation, proper nutrition or basic health services.

The maternal mortality ratio in developing countries in 2015 is 239 per 100 000 live births versus 12 per 100 000 live births in developed countries. There are large disparities between countries, but also within countries, and between women with high and low income and those women living in rural versus urban areas.

According to the news published in Dainik Jagran, Yasmin Ali Huq, representative of UNICEF India, said that "there is an impressive decline in child mortality in India, in which in the last 5 years this is the first time that it is being seen as new born babies born."