For the sixth year in a row, Cuba has reported success in reducing its child mortality rate, reporting five deaths for every 1,000 births, according to local media Wednesday.
The numbers come from a new report released by the Cuban health department, noting this year’s results of the Mother-Child Program.
The program has proved successful because of the Medical Genetic program, which since 1983 has been revamped and improved, as well as the country’s Immunization program, which distributes 11 different vaccines to children for 13 preventable diseases.
Health officials say this is the sixth year in a row that Cuba has seen under 5 deaths per 1,000 births, a number that ranks lower than both Canada and the United States, say officials.
“This has contributed to the fact that, for several years now, the Caribbean nation exhibits an infant mortality rate below five, lower than the one of developed countries like the United States and Canada,” said the Cuban News Agency Granma.
According to statistics by the World Health Organization in 2013, the United States stood at 5.2 child deaths per 1,000 births and Canada stood at 4.78.
The Cuban Health Ministry also reported that for the fourth year in a row more than 1 million surgeries were performed throughout the country, and some 7,000 Cubans were beneficiaries of complex treatments such as cell therapy in regenerative medicine, orthopedic disorders, angiology, orthopedics and dentistry.
Cuba’s public health care system is focused on preventative medicine and is renowned worldwide for its excellence and efficiency.