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Battle to reduce infant mortality

The Deputy Minister of Public Health, Nelson Rodriguez Monegro has revealed that last year around 2,600 infant deaths were registered in the country, of which 80% were babies under 28 days old. He said that the deaths were due to the condition of the babies when they were born including low birth weight, breathing difficulties, infections and disabilities, and that it was not unusual for a maternity hospital to register several deaths in one day.

Rodriguez Monegro arrived at the San Lorenzo de Los Mina maternity hospital in Santo Domingo yesterday, Tuesday 7 January, following complaints from parents that a power cut and lack of generator had caused the deaths of several newborns.

The Minister said that the blackout had only lasted for 20 minutes and that the ventilators that the babies were on had kept working as they used an extension lead. He said that he is looking for a solution to the generator problem so that it does not recur.

He told reporters that the Public Health authorities are working to reduce infant and maternal mortality and their target is 50 deaths per 100,000 births in 2016 for maternal deaths and 15 deaths per 1,000 live births for infant mortality. In 2013 there were 106 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births and 26.7 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. He said that there were 600 fewer infant deaths last year than the previous year and six fewer maternal deaths.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

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