Madhya Pradesh: Child Mortality rate increased at its peak in NAMO rule, with deaths of at least 64 children below the age of six on daily basis, Outlook India reported.
The BJP was reportedly forced to release the original figures after it came under severe criticism by the former Chief Minister of the state, Babulal Gaur.
“The Health departments report stated that 116 malnourished children died last year, but Minister for Women and Child Development (Archana Chitnis) is claiming that no death was reported due to malnutrition during 2015 and 2016,” Outlook India reported.
“25,440 children under six years of age lost their lives to diseases like diarrhoea and measles,” said Archana Chitnis’s to Hindustan Times.
Madhya Pradesh not only has one of the lowest infant mortality rate, but also the highest death rate in rural areas, with over 8 deaths per 1,000 people per year.