Health officials pleased by mortality data

The nation’s health officials are heralding what they call an historic decrease in infant mortality.

The Ministerio de Salud cited statistics from the Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censos that said infant mortality declined from 8.01 per 1,000 in 2014 to 7.76 per 1,000 last year. The decline in infant deaths has been a trend for the last decade, the ministry said.

The ministry gave credit to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, which runs the public hospitals and clinics, as well as the Hospital Nacional de Niños and other public and private hospitals in the country.

Infant mortality is usually considered the number of deaths per 1,000 live births in the first year of life. The world average is 41.09, according to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. According to CIA figures, Costa Rica would be around 50th place in the world. Some countries report mortality figures less than 2 per 1,000 births.

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