NEW DELHI, July 7 � With highest Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR), the Centre�s latest estimates is a mixed bag for Assam. �Against the national average of 212, MMR in Assam is 390, the highest in the country.
The MMR Bulletin released by the Home Ministry today could be a big blow to Assam Government�s tall claim of improving health standards in the State. The only silver lining in the bulletin is that MMR in Assam has declined from 480 (during 2004-2006) period to 390 (during 2007-2009).
�It is heartening that the maternal mortality ratio of India has declined from 254 in 2004-2006 to 212 in 2007-2009. The decline has been most significant in Empowered Action Group (EAG) States and Assam from 375 to 308.
The figures published in the bulletin reveals that MMR in Assam is way higher than States like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa and Rajasthan among other States.
In order to understand the maternal mortality situation in the country better and to map the changes that have taken place, especially at the regional levels, States have been categorised into three groups namely, EAG States comprising Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and Assam.