Brunei meets UN mortalities goals: newspaper

18:38, October 10, 2009      

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Brunei had achieved the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing maternal and child mortalities, a Brunei daily reported on Saturday.

The Brunei Times quoted Brunei's deputy permanent secretary (Professional and Technical) of the country's Health Ministry Intan Salleh as making the remark.

Intan said that in 2008, the country's infant and under-five mortality rates were 7 per 1,000 live births and 9.5 per 1,000 live births, which she described as "very low".

The UN has given its member states 25 years ending in 2015 to reduce their under-five mortality rates by up to two-thirds.

According to UN MDG, Brunei's maternal mortalities was 13 per 100,000 live births in 2005.

Intan said Brunei's achievement reflected the health and well-being of the country's population.

She also stressed that health of the children was recognized asa fundamental element in a nation as its future development reliedon children today.

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