MONTEVIDEO – Infant mortality in Uruguay fell last year to 7.4 deaths per 1,000 live births, the “lowest percentage since these records have been kept,” Public Health Minister Jorge Basso said.
He cited the figure during a public Cabinet session in the northern city of Rivera.
“This is very good news for the country, which goes beyond the health area and is connected with public policy toward the population, but it also indicates the quality of the State Health Services in the care of pregnancies and maternity,” Basso said.
The minister said that in Rivera specifically, infant mortality declined from 12.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 6.8 per 1,000 last year.
Infant mortality is a key reflection of the effectiveness of public policy in areas such as poverty reduction and improving quality of life, according to the minister.
Among major nations, Japan has the lowest rate of infant mortality, with 2.2 deaths for every 1,000 live births.