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Pregnancy rate

Cuban health officials report that the eastern province of Las Tunas has registered an increase in its birth rate with 897 children born so far this year.

According local public health statistics that figure represents 117 more births than the same period last year.

Damisela Escanel, Health Ministry official, told the press that the municipalities of Jobabo and Puerto Padre have reported the largest number of births.

The infant mortality rate in the province at the end of 2006 was just 4.6 deaths per thousand live births, a figure on par with that of developed nations.

"The results in Puerto Padre show the effectiveness of the Cuban Infant-Maternal Program. Our family doctors and nurses have done a painstaking work in attention to pregnant women," said Dr. Yoel Tomas Guerra, local director of the public health system in that northern municipality of Las Tunas.

"Pregnant women who live in distant places are admitted to comfortable maternity homes, where they receive proper and timely attention," said the local official.

Source: Radio Habana Cuba

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