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Infant, Maternal Mortality Increase In Venezuela, According To Health Ministry Data

BBC News: Venezuela sees sharp rise in infant and maternal mortality
“There has been a sharp rise in infant mortality and maternal death rates in Venezuela. In the first figures released for two years, the Health Ministry said the number of women dying in childbirth was up by 65 percent, while child deaths were up 30 percent…” (5/10).

Reuters: Infant mortality and malaria soar in Venezuela, according to government data
“…The statistics, issued on the ministry’s website after nearly two years of data silence from President Nicolas Maduro’s leftist government, also showed a jump in illnesses such as diphtheria and Zika. It was not immediately clear when the ministry posted the data, although local media reported on the statistics on Tuesday…” (Ulmer, 5/9).

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