Infant mortality in Belarus down 2.5 times in 2005-2015

Infant mortality in Belarus down 2.5 times in 2005-2015

No matter how difficult the economic situation is Belarus will not save on children and mothers, said President Alexander Lukashenko on December 30 during a visit to city clinical hospital No5 in Minsk, BelTA informs.

Alexander Lukashenko noted that, if necessary, in Belarus will reduce funding for public programs.

"But we will never be greedy when it comes to children and those who give birth. We must ensure they have everything," stressed the President.

At the same time, Alexander Lukashenko warned against excesses in the construction of medical and other facilities. Simple buildings are enough but they must be equipped with ultramodern technologies.

In 2015, the birth rate in Belarus for the first time equaled the mortality rate. Over 10 years, infant mortality has decreased by 2.5 times. In terms of this indicator, Belarus is now on equal footing with the advanced countries of the world. 

During 2015, there were no cases of maternal mortality. Alexander Lukashenko noted that it is a real victory and requested to encourage those who directly contributed to it.

The head of state visited hospital No5 of Minsk and got familiar with the equipment. The hospital comprises 11 units, including a gynecological department for emergency help. Maternity rooms boast the most modern equipment. The new building will serve about 300 women daily. With the opening of the new units the number of births will increase from 3,000 to 5,500 per year. This maternity hospital is the largest in Minsk.