Afghan child mortality drops: minister

Afghan child mortality has dropped over the past four years, Health Minister Syed Mohammad Amin Fatimi said Saturday.

The mortality of children under five dropped to 210 per 1,000 in 2006 from 257 per 1,000 in 2003 due to improving health conditions, Fatimi told a press conference.

He said infant mortality has also reduced to 135 per 1,000 from 165 per 1,000 during the same period.

Fatimi said the tuberculoses, malaria and measles-related mortality has also fallen 50 percent, 9 percent and 90 percent respectively.

More than 700 health centers have been built or reconstructed in this post-Taliban country over the past five years.

However, the minister said the country needs 500 more health centers and clinics, appealing for more international support to its health sector.

Source: Xinhua



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