Sunday 20 June 2021

Costa Rica’s Infant Mortality Rate Down

COSTA RICA NEWS – Costa Rica slashed its infant mortality rate to a 10-year low during the past 12 months. The rate dropped from 9.08 per 1000 births last year to 8.17 this year. The figures are kept on the deaths of babies during their first year.

Earlier this year, a storm erupted at National Children’s Hospital when a 57-year-old surgeon twice interrupted heart surgery on a 26 day old baby, finally leaving the operating room for non-specialist physicians to finish up the procedure — in order to perform surgery at a private clinic.

This marked the low point of the reputation of national medical care of children. Criticism was even directed at the National Children’s Hospital, previously a prestigious facility, and the hospital was accused of having a poor record of heart surgeries.

- Advertisement -

This is a shot in the arm for the national medical community, not just for the Children’s Hospital, but for post partum care at all Social Security (Caja) unversal health care facilities, as well as for prenatal care. Recently, for example, a child born with a dangerous tumor was operated on immediately after birth and is doing well.

Maria Eugenia Villalta, the Caja’s medical manager, told La Nacion that the recent success was due to the institution’s dedication to paying special attention to high risk pregnancies. The institution has made special efforts in cleanliness, vaccinations, and promotion of nursing children instead of bottle feeding.

In the first six months of this year, there were 34,353 births and only 271 infant deaths. In 2013, there were 70,550 births with 612 deaths. In 75% of infant mortality here, the babies are younger than 28 days old.

Article  by, reposted with permission

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 20: only “EVENS” can circulate

Today, Sunday, June 20, only vehicles with "EVEN" ending plates CAN...

Internet speed decreases during peaks in service

QCOSTARICA - Ever wonder why your surfing on the Internet slows...


Ortega government accuses imprisoned opponents of receiving money from the United States to overthrow him

TODAY NICARAGUA – The Nicaraguan government assures that the imprisoned political opponents detained on charges of “inciting foreign intervention” are “usurpers” financed by the...

Despite investigation, construction of road works by H. Solís will continue

QCOSTARICA - Five major road works under the responsibility of the H. Solís company will continue in development despite investigations for alleged corruption involving...

The Best Sports To Play On A Beach

Costa Rica has some of the best beaches in the world. The coastline is blessed with golden sand, beautiful palm trees, and perfect blue...

The “rebound” effect boosted growth in Costa Rica’s economic activity

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's economic activity registered in April 2021 a year-on-year growth of 8.8%, a figure affected by a “base” or “rebound” effect,...

Nathalie Álvarez Mesén’s feature debut, Clara Sola, ready for the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight

Q ENTERTAINMENT (CINEUROPA) Nathalie Álvarez Mesén’s debut feature, Clara Sola, is ready to take part in this year’s Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 19: only “ODDS” can circulate

Today, Saturday, June 19, only vehicles with "ODD" ending plates CAN circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save...

Tourism sector depends on political will for recovery

QCOSTARICA - The future of tourism operators in Costa Rica depends on the political will to approve a package of bills that favors the...

Diseases, weather and low prices hit the orange sector in Costa Rica

HQ - The appearance of pests and diseases, in particular the 'dragón amarillo' (yellow dragon), the impact of the weather and a sharp drop...

Lack of space on Racsa’s hard drive paralyzed immigration consultation at the airport this Monday

RICO's DIGEST - We've all had this happen, your computer's hard drive is full and your computer crashes. But we are not the Radiográfica...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.