NEW DELHI: According to the findings of a report published in Times of India, an estimated number of 70 per cent of infant deaths in India occur during the first 29 days of life.
According to the news report in Times of India, Jammu and Kashmir leads the list of infant deaths as the valley has the highest percentage of deaths ranging to 82.1 per cent, followed by Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
As per the Registrar General's latest data Sample Registration System 2010, in comparison to 2009 only 32,000 less children died in 2010. The statistics revealed that 88 fewer deaths occurred per day. However, even then 8.26 lakh children were found to be dead due to various reasons in the year 2010.
Indian states that have lower infant mortality rates are Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka and Punjab whereas UP, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra witnessed the highest rates of infant deaths.