The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has set up a Technical Expert Group under Preeti Pant, Joint Secretary, MoHFW to examine the findings from the National Family Health Survey-5 (NFHS-5),2019-20. The committee will provide suggestions and policy interventions to improve indicators regarding Malnutrition, Stunting, Anaemia, and C-section.
i.The committee consists of experts from Medicine and Nutrition, and also State Programme Officers from Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
ii.On December 12, 2020 (International Universal Health Coverage Day), Union Minister of MoHFW, Harsh Vardhan released the Factsheets of the First Phase of the 2019-20, 5th National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5).
- While Infant & Child Mortality declined in most Indian States, Meghalaya, Manipur and Andaman & Nicobar Island reported increase in all 3 categories of Child Mortality – Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR), Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) & Under-Five Mortality Rate (U5MR).
- The report also highlighted the increase in levels of Anaemia in women & pregnant ladies.
- Child Stunting worsened in states like Goa, Kerala, Telangana, Gujarat & Maharashtra.
- International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai is the national nodal agency. The survey has information on 131 Key Indicators.
- The First phase covered 22 States & Union Territories.
iii.Phase-II of the Survey is under progress and is expected to be released by May, 2021.
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i.December 12, 2020, Harsh Vardhan released the NFHS-5 which features the detailed information on population, health and nutrition for India and its states and Union Territories.
About Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW):
Union Minister – Harsh Vardhan
Minister of State – Ashwini Kumar Choubey