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Socialist Cuba hits record lows in infant mortality rate

Puts U.S. cities like Milwaukee to shame
By staff |
January 3, 2018
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Washington, D.C. - Cuba has hit a milestone by maintaining an infant mortality rate below five per 1,000 live births for the tenth consecutive year, according to the authoritative press outlet Granma.

According to the report, Cuba achieved the lowest rate in its history in 2017, four per 1,000 live births.

The report goes on to state, “Preliminary data, made available to Granma by the Medical Records and Health Statistics Directorate, indicates that 114,980 births took place, 1,892 less than in 2016, and 465 babies under a year of age died, 32 less than in 2016, the lowest number on record.”

This puts many major U.S. cities to shame - for example Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where discrimination and a for-profit health system have led to 13.6 deaths per 1,000 live births for African Americans. The infant mortality rate for Blacks is similar in other big U.S. cities, such as Detroit and Minneapolis.