Mortality of indigenous children is twice as large

 

Mortality of indigenous children is twice as large

The statistic shows that 52.4 indigenous babies are killed for thousand live births; number twice that of the rest of the population; in three years the MPF/AM already established 40 indigenous health-related surveys

Manaus (AM), December 10, 2012

BRUNO STRAHM

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The Federal Prosecutor of Amazonas (MPF/AM) published this Monday (10) a letter about the situation of indigenous health in the State. It’s all part of the so-called ‘ Day, promoted by the Agency to draw attention of the society on the issue. Among the challenges of acting of the MPF is to try to create mechanisms for child mortality of indigenous children decrease drastically.
The letter states that the infant mortality rate of indigenous children is above the national average. The statistic shows that 52.4 babies are killed for thousand live births; number twice that of the rest of the population.
According to data, in three years the MPF/AM already established 40 indigenous health-related surveys, proposing improvements in attendance, the training of more professionals and the best investment of money for the State.
Problems
The Prosecutor Agus pointed out that Amazon has unique characteristics because it is the largest state of the Federation in territorial extension, which makes the logistics of actions geared to health very difficult.
“Precariousness and inadequacy of the boats which make the removal and transportation of patients to medical care in hospitals, and the misuse of funds for the purchase of fuel and the lack of medical and dental in multidisciplinary teams complete the picture of indigenous health in the Amazon,” he said.

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