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Shri J P Nadda highlights the achievements of the Health Ministry (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Economics)

  1. Reduction in MMR
    We are saving nearly 12,000 mothers in 2015 (mid-year) as compared to 2012. Compared to 44,000 earlier annual maternal deaths, now there are 32,000 maternal deaths only. Shri Nadda further said that India has registered a record 22% reduction in MMR since 2013.

India has met the MDG target for MMR of 139/lakh live births by achieving 130 by 2015. At this rate, we shallachieve SDG target of 70 by 2022, ahead of target timeline of 2030.

  1. New AIIMS
    The Health Minister also stated that Cabinet has approved 8 new AIIMS atMangalagiri (Andhra Pradesh),Nagpur (Maharashtra),Kalyani (West Bengal),Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh),Bathinda (Punjab),Guwahati (Assam) and Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh).

(Adapted from PIB)

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