YEREVAN, February 7. / ARKA /. The infant mortality rate in Armenia has slashed by 16 percent over the last three years to 9.8 cases per each 100,000 children, down from 10.7 in 2012 and 11.6 in 2011, Karine Saribekyan, head of the maternal and child health department of the health ministry said today.
Speaking at a news conference she said the number of maternal mortality has dropped by 17 percent when compared to 2008-2010, when the rate was 23.2 per 100,000 women during pregnancy, childbirth and after it. In 2013 the figure was 19.2.
She attributed the decline to a string of government-financed programs to detect asymptomatic diseases at earlier stages.
According to the National Statistical Service (NSS), 411 cases of infant mortality were reported in 2013, down from 458 in 2012. Also last year 41,770 babies were born, up from 42,480 in 2012. -0-