Wednesday, August 09, 2006

More are living to see the light of day 

Today in Ultimas Noticias it was pointed out that infant mortality has dropped remarkably under the Chavez government. From a rate of 21.4 when he assumed office it has now dropped to 16.1 deaths per 1,000 births. This sharp decline is certainly in large part due to Chavez’s huge investments in health care, and in particular, health care for the poor.

And just to show what this means in terms of human lives there are roughly 450,000 births per year in Venezuela. With a mortality rate of 21.4 births per thousand that means 9,630 babies were dying each year. With the reduction to 16.1 the number of deaths has been reduced to 7,245. That is, roughly 2,400 additional babies are surviving each year thanks to Chavez’s investments in improved health care. Not bad at all.


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