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Infant mortality rate on decline in Russia

The infant mortality rate is sharply on the decline in Russia. The infant mortality rate has reduced by 23% for the first quarter of 2009 as compared with the same period in 2008, specialists of the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development cited this statistical data on occasion of International Children’s Day celebrated worldwide on June 1. “The infant mortality rate in January-April 2009 has made 87.1% down to the level for the period from January to April 2008,” the ministry said.

For the first three months of 2009 “the number of babies born alive amounted to 564,662” that is 3.2% more than for the same period in the previous year, the ministry said.

The Ministry of Health and Social Development believes that all this is the result of the work under the national project and notes “the importance of the complex approach” – regular medical examinations, treatment and rehabilitation courses. Medical examinations of newborns and children in the first year of life are particularly important, the specialists said.

The number of medical institutions, which provide the high-tech medical aid, is constantly on the rise in Russia. In 2008 there were 86 such institutions, and there expected to be 103 of high-tech medical institutions in 2009. These medical institutions are expected to give the medical aid to more than 41,000 children this year. These high-tech medical services concern oral surgery, the transplantation of organs and tissues, endocrinology and traumatic surgery. Most children receiving the high-tech medical aid have some disabilities.

Russian medics give close attention to regular medical examinations and treatment courses for orphans and children in trouble. About 350,000 children passed regular medical examinations in 2008. More than 130,000 of them were cured at outpatient clinics, about 40,000 children were brought to hospitals, about 4.2 thousand children received the high-tech medical aid, and about 1,000 children passed recuperation courses at sanatoria. This year even more children left without parental care will pass medical examinations, the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development pledged.


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