The island’s Hon Health Minister, Dr Irving McIntyre says Dominica’s infant mortality rate is surpassing global expectations and is ahead of the region.
He was again debunking a report published in The Lancet in November.
The Lancet is a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal which is said to be among the world’s oldest, most prestigious, and best known general medical journals.
The Lancet published an article describing Dominica as lagging far behind the rest of the world in its rate of childhood mortality.
The article says the probability of children dying between the age of birth and five years old in Dominica is rising.
The Ministry of Health and the Chief Medical Officer rebuked that report as totally erroneous.
When the House of Parliament met last week, Hon Senator Annette Sanford raised the subject again prompting the Hon Health Minister, Dr Mcintyre to Respond.
“When I hear people talk about our infant mortality, it’s very sad. Can you imagine the article in The Lancet, the author cannot even differentiate between intrapartum and neonatal mortality? Totally wrong,” he said.
“The WHO Sustainable Development Goals puts the target* for neonatal mortality at 12 per 1,000 live births by 2030. We are only in 2020 and we have achieved 8.4 per 1,000,” Dr McIntyre announced. “And the WHO put the infant mortality target at 25 per 1,000 live births and we are at 8.3. We have achieved this already.”
The SDG’s are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve oceans and forests.
The Hon Minister assures, “We have the lowest neonatal mortality in the OECS. These are facts.”
He says The Lancet article is based on estimates and not fact.
*The targets mean that nations are to aim not to exceed those figures.