New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Assam in India’s northeast has the country’s highest rate of maternal mortality, as per the latest official data. According to experts, insurgency which affects access to healthcare services, is one of the main reasons for this.
Speaking at a press meet in the capital Friday, Bulbul Sood, co-chair of the White Ribbon Alliance, an NGO that campaigns for safe motherhood, said: “There may be a lot of reasons for Assam having the highest maternal mortality. Insurgency in the state is one of the main reasons because it affects access to basic healthcare services”.
“Also there is a general lack of involvement by stakeholders in uplifting the healthcare services in the region,” she added.
According to the Sample Registration Services (SRS) 2004-2006, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) for Assam was 480 per 100,000 live births – the highest in the country. India’s MMR was 254.