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In 53 days: 5 AH1N1 deaths; 1,272 child from other diseases

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    In 53 days with five people killed influenza A and 1272 children for various diseases

    Text: Edwin Condori Aduviri

    La Paz, 20 Jul (Erbol) .- 53 days passed since the first confirmed two imported cases of influenza A (H1N1) in Bolivia, at that time, five people lost their lives because of the pandemic and at least 1272 children Product died of various diseases, but only one of those realities captured the attention of the media in the country.

    Five deaths caused by influenza A has the greatest impact today as news that the death of over 1,272 children between the media (radio, television, print and digital newspapers) in Bolivia, as in much of the world. While influenza A is a novel information, because this is a new disease of this century, infant mortality continues to be less important, but long ago ceased to be headlines.

    The Health and Sports Minister, Ramiro Tapia, Bolivia said that a child dies every hour. While the country's maternal mortality is among the highest in the world.

    "A child dies every hour in our country, also pregnant mothers die after childbirth, that is the fundamental problem," said Tapia, stating that "in the country occurred 715 positive cases of influenza A: Santa Cruz is largest number with 497, La Paz has 95, 67 Cochabamba, Pando is still no positive case, but apart from that 650 of 715 people are at home. "

    According to preliminary information from the National Health Survey (ENDSA) 2008, neonatal deaths accounted for 50% of infant mortality (under one year) and 40% of child mortality (under five years).

    According to the publication of, the neonatal mortality rate in the country since 2003 is 27 children dying per 1,000 live births. While it is important to note that in rural areas this indicator fell from 35 to 26 per thousand live births.

    The departments in 2008 had the highest neonatal mortality rates are Potos?, La Paz, Santa Cruz, Tarija, Beni and Cochabamba, while in Oruro and Chuquisaca are less deaths.

    The main causes of neonatal death, according to investigations, caused by infection, asphyxia, or that the child was born premature.

    Meanwhile, in maternal mortality, according to preliminary data from Endsa, would have presented a significant reduction from 390 to 229 deaths per 100,000 live born in the period 1994 to 2003, whereas the projections to 2008 pose a minimal reduction.

    The risk of dying from causes related to pregnancy, childbirth or after childbirth, is very high, said the ministry in the report on maternal and child health a few days ago.

    Each year, the report, approximately 623 women die from complications during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum.