The latest data released by the Registrar-General of India (RGI) in its Sample Registration System for the calendar year of 2009 shows that Assam is amongst worst performing states in the filed of Infant Mortality Rate ( IMR ) with 61 deaths per 1000 birth! Incidentally, the number has increased from its previous year.
Nationally, the IMR has reduced to 50, while Assam’s IMR stands at 61. It may be mentioned that, the Health department is portfolio of flamboyant Congress Leader Himanta Biswa Sarma who has been advertising his success as health minister in Assam. Bu this increase in IMR can be termed as his major failure as a health minister resulting in increased deaths of infants in Assam.
According t the report, even Bihar has recorded four point decrease while Himanta Biswa Sarma’s self trumpeting Health department could not reduce the IMR.
Crediting the implementation of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) for the decline, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told journalists here on Thursday that he was still not satisfied with the figures as they were below the expectation of 30 by 2015, as stipulated under the Millennium Development Goals.
“However, these are the results since the NRHM was implemented, and we now want the programme to be extended,” Mr. Azad said.
The government will now focus on nine not-so-well performing States where the IMR is still above the national average of 50 — these include U.P., M.P., Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Uttarakhand, and Assam.
Source : The Hindu
So, the myth of improvement in health sector in Assam during Himanta Biswa Sarma’s tenure as Health Minister has been busted. This exposure before coming election in Assam 2011 may affect Congress if opposition parties like AGP, BJP are successful in highlighting them.
Himanta Biswa Sarma is seen to be laying more and more foundation stones ahead of Assembly election in Assam 2011 instead of tackling burning and emotional issues of child deaths ( IMR ) in Assam.
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma responds through twitter : @northeastblog In 2000,IMR in assam was 72 per 1000 live birth.2day its 61per1000.decline trend is at per with national trend.So wats wrong
Our Response : This is mere decline of 11 points in span of 10 years! But it is above 11 point above national average of 50 and way below achievable target! And at this rate, Assam will never achieve the national target of 30 by the year 2015! Even Bihar performed better with decrease by 4 points in a year!