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Cuba ends the year with positive health indicators
Cuba finished 2017 with an infant mortality rate of 4.1 per one thousand live births, the lowest in history. Photo: Escambray
Cuba finished 2017 with an infant mortality rate of 4.1 per one thousand live births, the lowest in history beside other favorable results in indicators of Public Health, according to Health Minister Roberto Morales

The Health Minister affirmed during an activity held in Havana on the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution that up until today there was a reduction of 35 less deaths in a year and there is a possibility of lowering the number by the end of December.

The weight at birth was also reduced –from 5.2 to 5.0 for every 100 births- and the maternal mortality rate –from 42.6 to 38 per every 100 thousand live births- and among school age –from 2.1 to 1.7 per 10 thousand inhabitants of school age children-, he said.

He highlighted that congenital malformations report a rate of 0.9 deaths for every one thousand live births as a result of the development and improvement in the Genetic Network.

With a few days left to celebrate another anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, said the Health Minister, we can assure that the work of the health professionals created by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro will continue making his ideas come true.

During the activity, the Health Ministry and the National Health Workers Union recognized the work of a group of professionals during 2017 and signed the Collective Work Agreement for the next three years./ACN

MINSAP and the Cuban Journalists Union granted awards to the winners of a journalism context which went to reporters Michel Garcia Perez (radio), Milenys Torres Labrada (television), Alina Iglesias Regueira (digital), Leyani Graciela Diaz Fernandez (written press) and Lisandra Farinas Acosta (grand Prize).

Among others that participated in the activity were Carlos Manuel Trijillo Cubilla, Representative of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, Santiago Badia Gonzalez, General Secretary of the Health Workers Union and Aixa Hevia Gonzalez, First Vice President of the Journalists Association (UPEC).

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