Friday, October 21, 2005

Better, But Still Worst?

"WASHINGTON (AP) - There's mixed news on D.C.'s infant mortality rate. On the bright side, it's hit and all-time low. But it's still higher than the national rate.
The city health department is releasing figures from 2003, the latest year available. It shows there were 10 deaths per 1,000 live births. Along with being a record low, it also reflects a 45 percent reduction over a decade. And D.C.'s rate is lower than cities of similar size, including Baltimore and Richmond.
But with the national infant mortality rate at almost 7 per 1,000 live births, the District is still higher.
Health Director Doctor Gregg Pane says the city needs to look at several issues, including mothers who are substance abusers or have conditions like obesity."
Infant Mortality Rate Lowest Ever in D.C. - WTOP Radio

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