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Infant mortality too high in the Dominican Republic

The president of the Dominican Medical College (CMD), Waldo Ariel Suero, has complained that from 2015 up to last month, October, 1,545 newborns had died in the Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia Maternity Hospital.

Waldo Ariel Suero said that of total 16,516 live births in 2015, 525 infants have died. In 2016, 513 of 14,825 died, while up to October this 2017 so far 507 babies died from 10,980 live births

Suero called the situation barbaric and said the deaths were due to inadequate conditions in maternity ward as a result of delays in the repairs to the hospital, which meant that up to six newborn babies could share one crib.

He made the comments, saying that they would wait until Sunday, 26 November, without putting pressure on the Public Health authorities, hoping that they and the union could come together and find a solution to the ongoing conflict between the two groups that has led to several strikes.

The Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia Maternity serves large numbers of Haitian women, many of whom arrive to the hospital to give birth in critical condition and without previous medical records.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Nov 23, 2017

Category: DR News |

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