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India has to step up efforts to reduce child mortality rates: Venkaiah Naidu

IANS  |  Chennai 

M. Venkaiah on Sunday said the country has to step up efforts to reduce children's mortality and achieve the UN's Sustainable Developmental Goals.

here, listed prematurity, low birth weight, and as the major causes of in

According to the 2018 & diarrhoea Progress Report, released on November 12, in 2016 alone almost 261,000 Indian children died before their fifth birthday due to diarrhoea or pneumonia, both preventable diseases, he said.

In addition to central and state governments' efforts to improve the parameters and reduce the mortality rates, said much more needs to be done to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goal target of reducing under-five mortality to 25 per 1,000 live births by 2030.

"We need participation and cooperation of both public and private sector and see that an effective is implemented across the country," Naidu said.

The urged the private sector to set up in rural areas as part of its corporate social responsibility and not just focus on urban areas.

He said must move from treatment to promotion paradigm.



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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 17:06 IST