Child mortality rate increasing in SA

2011-09-20 07:31
Johannesburg - The number of South African children who die every year, many from preventable diseases, is increasing, according to a newspaper report on Tuesday.

The New Age reported that the country was far from its target of reducing child mortality by two thirds by 2015, according to the latest Millennium Development Goal (MDG) report.

The report revealed that South Africa is one of 12 countries in the world where the number of children under the age of 5 who die each year has been on the rise.

"The rate of child mortality in this country is unacceptable. We have introduce a number of measures to deal with this challenge," Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's spokesperson Fidel Hadebe told the newspaper.

"These include deployment of a team of medical specialists... to every district in the country," he said.

Statistics indicate that 75 000 children under the age of 5 die in South Africa every year, of which 23 000 die in the first four weeks after birth.

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