A case study conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) found that in 24 hospitals of the Public Health Network, maternal deaths were reduced by 31%, with 33 fewer, and neonatal ones by 25% , with 500 fewer deaths. The report covers until October 18 of this year, compared to the same period of the previous year.
The hospitals of Barahona, Baoruco, Independencia and Pedernales are the ones with the greatest reduction in neonatal mortality, with 46%, according to a UNICEF note.
While in relation to maternal mortality the greatest decrease is presented by the hospitals of Azua, San Juan and Elías Piña, with 61%.
Likewise, the centers of Santo Domingo and Santiago, where more than 55% of the births of the country are registered, there was the greatest reduction in maternal deaths and newborns, since maternal mortality in the Metropolitan Region decreased to 41% and 33% of the neonatal in the North-Central Health Region.
To establish the cases, Unicef explained that he made observations in the services of prenatal consultation, pre-natal, childbirth, immediate attention to the newborn, post-birth and breastfeeding.