Saturday, July 17, 2004

Another positive social indicator under Chavez 

According to Thursday's edition of Ultimas Noticias infant mortality has dropped sharply during President Chavez's tenure. The rates by year are:


1998 (before Chavez)                23.9

1999 (Chavez takes office)       19.1

2000                                           17.7

2001                                           17.7

2002                                           18.2

Clearly the mortality rate has dropped significantly under President Chavez.  This results from increased health care expenditures as well as inovative health care programs such as Barrio Adentro which provide free health care who were formally denied it.


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