UNICEF: 5000 children under 5 die in India everyday

New Delhi, Nov 20 (PTI) Despite a decrease in child mortality figures, 5,000 children under the age of five die in India everyday due to preventable causes, according to a latest UNICEF report.

Within the under five mortality rate, the maximum 96 per cent of children who die belong to the Scheduled Tribes, 88 per cent to Scheduled Castes and 59 to general population.

“It is early marriage and inadequate health care of women which adversely affects the survival of their children,” said Karen Hulshoff, Country Representative of UNICEF in India said.

The report says malnutrition rates in India continue to be very high. Though the percentage of malnourished children below the age of three has decreased from 52 per cent to 46 per cent, it is still way below the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

Forty seven per cent of women had deliveries with skilled health provider, it said.

From PTI News

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