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India has registered a 22% reduction in maternal mortality ratio (MMR) since 2013, according to the Sample Registration System (SRS) Bulletin.

Amongst the states, Uttar Pradesh with 30% decline has topped the chart in the reduction of maternal deaths.

Nearly 1,000 fewer women now die of pregnancy related complications each month in India, the bulletin said. “Ensuring every women delivers with a safe pair of hands in an environment that treats her with respect and dignity is going to be the key. It will be crucial that the same timely access and quality of care is afforded to every woman, especially those who live in the remotest and the poorest household of the country. The time for all of us to act is now,” Unicef India representative Yasmin Ali Haque said.

Source: The Times Of India