Eight newborn babies have died so far this year in a hospital in Cuba

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While the island's Health portfolio investigates the facts, the authorities assure that they have adopted measures to deal with the situation

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Eight newborn babies have died so far this year in a hospital in Cuba

Eight newborn babies have died so far this year in a hospital in Cuba

In the first 17 days of this 2023, the same maternal hospital in Cuba has already registered eight deaths of newborn babies. As reported this Monday by the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) in a statement, the eight infants who were born at the “Diez de Octubre” gynecologic and obstetric hospital in Havana were premature and were underweight weight.

Four of them, the letter details, died “at as of last day 11 with presumptive signs of sepsis” -which according to the Pan American Health OrganizationIt is a complication that occurs when the body produces an imbalanced, abnormal immune response to an infection-, while “others, for other reasons related to their delicate state of health” .

This hospital, like all those on the island, are public, so They depend directly on the Ministry and the regime of Miguel Díaz-Canel.

Eight newborn babies have died so far this year in a hospital in Cuba

In Cuba all hospitals and clinics are public, so those who depend directly on the regime (EFE)

Minsap assured that it had “adopted measures to deal with this situation” in the hospital, while stressing that the building “it has the necessary resources to care for newborns”.

In this sense, he also added that a National Government Commission is carrying out a investigation to accurately determine the causes of deaths and “according to the results, apply the pertinent measures”.

In 2022, Cuba registered an infant mortality rate of 7.5 per thousand live births. This represented a slight decrease in relation to the 7.6 obtained in 2021, as reported by Minsap earlier this year.

Eight newborn babies have died so far this year in a hospital in Cuba

Most of the deaths under one year of age were due to perinatal conditions, prematurity, congenital malformations and sepsis (Getty Images)

The provinces with the highest rates were Mayabeque (12.2), Santiago de Cuba (9.9), Guantánamo (< /b>9.7), Havana (9.5) and Camagüey (9.1).

In Regarding the cases of deaths of infants under one year of age, the main causes reported were perinatal conditions – fundamentally related to low weight at birth-, prematurity and intrauterine growth retardation, in addition to malformations congenital and sepsis, specified the recently released report.

During years, Cuba maintained one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the Americas. Thus, in 2017 and 2018 it was 4.0, while in 2019 it was 5.0< /b> and, in 2020, it stuck to that line, with 4.9.

These upturns in recent years have coincided with the serious economic and social crisis that the island is going through.

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In Cuba, many products of basic needs are difficult to obtain or afford, which is why people maintain a very unbalanced diet (REUTERS)

The delicate context in Cuba has led to basic goods such as < b>chicken, beef, eggs, milk, flour and even toilet paper toilet paper are hard to come by in state stores, almost impossible.

Also, when If they do appear, whether in informal shops, through resellers or in more exclusive stores, they are usually very expensive and, therefore, only accessible to those who have foreign currency.

The average salaries paid by the Cuban State are far from the real purchasing power necessary to live. The close to 5,000 pesos per month granted (around USD 29) are insufficient considering that less than half a kilo of leg of pork costs about 450 pesos (USD 2.60).

(With information from EFE and AFP)

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