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Childcare In Jammu And Kashmir: Small Mercies In A Blighted Land

The infant mortality rate in Jammu and Kashmir went down by eight points in 2016-17, the highest fall among states in a single year.

Childcare In Jammu And Kashmir: Small Mercies In A Blighted Land
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Childcare In Jammu And Kashmir: Small Mercies In A Blighted Land
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2018-06-22T14:19:00+05:30
  • Under-five mortality: 28
  • Number of working CHCs: 70 in 2005 and 84 in 2016
  • Required 336
  • Shortfall  146
  • IMR in J&K: 24

Source: Rural Health Statistics, NFHS, SRS

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The lone children’s hospital in Srinagar “has improved”, but flies buzz close to its gates. Indoors, distraught parents operate nebulisers strapped to breathless little ones. They say the devices are “not difficult to use”. In Kashmir’s Govind Ballabh Pant Paediatric Hospital, the gap between despair and relief is narrow. Like in many other places, this hospital sets the bar so low and has been trying to overcome neglect so pervasive that almost any improvement is betterment.

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