Till July, 93,783 children have been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition in Maharashtra

According to State Minister for Women and Child Development Pankaja Munde, in 2003, 5,415 child mortality cases were reported while this year 950 cases were reported

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In Maharashtra, till July, 93,783 children have been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition and 5.7 lakh with moderate acute malnutrition. These figures were presented by Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Jagannath Shinde, who claimed that despite government schemes, infant mortality rate is yet to be controlled. 

In a written reply, Women and Child Development department cleared that in the month of July, 58.8 lakh children were examined for the weight, out of which 52.2 lakh of them were found to be normal. 

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Meanwhile, State Minister for Women and Child Development Pankaja Munde said that her department, along with the public health department, was doing everything in reducing the number of child and infant deaths. She added that in 2003, there were 5,415 child mortality cases, and this year there were 950. 

She further added that Maharashtra is ranked third in reducing infant mortality rate, after Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In Maharashtra, the infant mortality rate in 2003 was 45, which has been brought down to 19 in 2018. She added that there has been a 60 per cent reduction in such deaths. 

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