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DR Infant mortality still too high

The National Household Survey (Enhogar 2014) published today, Friday 1 May 2015, reveals that of every 1,000 babies born alive in the DR, 31 will die in their first year, including 24 who will die in the first 28 days. Death rates are higher in urban areas than in rural areas.

United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) representative Maria Jesus Conde said that these figures are too high for a country where 99% of babies are born in hospitals. She called on hospitals to continue to work to reduce infant mortality.

In the past, public hospital directors have said that the statistics are skewed by thousands of high-risk patients who come from Haiti to give birth in the Dominican Republic, taking advantage of the country’s free medical services.

Conde was also critical of parents of newborns who leave hospitals without their babies’ birth certificates, and stated that the vaccination program coverage should be expanded.

Conde acknowledged that poverty in the Dominican Republic has been reduced from 38.1% in 2014 to 41.7% in 2012.

Source: DR1, Elcaribe

May 1, 2015

Category: DR News |

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