Public Health disputes high maternal mortality rate
The Ministry of Public Health is disputing findings published in a recent follow-up report on the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals in the Dominican Republic. Speaking at the presentation the report yesterday, Thursday 20 February, Minister of Economy, Planning and Development Juan Temistocles Montas said the country has made progress towards eradicating hunger, has been able to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, increase forest cover and reduce emissions of gases that damage the ozone levels. Conversely, the report also establishes that greater efforts are needed for creating decent jobs, universalizing elementary education, reducing maternal-child mortality and implementing sustainable development principles.
The report states that 107 mothers die per every 100,000 live births in the country and that there is an under-registration rate of 25%. Deputy Minister of Public Health Nelson Rodriguez disputed the 107 deaths and the 25% under-registration figures. He said this was not possible, because 97% of pregnant women in the Dominican Republic give birth in hospitals, and a maternal death is an event that does not go unnoticed in any community. He said their statistics showed that there are around 80 deaths per 100,000 live births. He said the under-registry rate was closer to 3-4%.
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