Kokrajhar, Aug. 8: The health department in Kokrajhar launched “diarrhoea control fortnight” in view of the district having the highest infant mortality rate in the state. The objective is zero child deaths because of diarrhoea.
The programme was launched by Dinesh Boro, joint secretary (health), BTC, at the BTC secretariat in Kokrajhar.
Kokrajhar is considered to be the most developed district in the BTAD but when it comes to health, it has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the state.
According to data in the health department, the district reported 382 deaths of infants last year. This year, 34 deaths were reported in April, May, June, which health official said is much less compared to last year.
The national infant mortality rate is 46. While Assam’s is 55, Kokrajhar district stands at 76 per 1,000 live births, which is much higher than Hailakandi, Golaghat, Karimganj, Dhubri and Nagaon — the six districts under Unicef’s call to action for child survival and development.