Premature baby deaths twice as high in Israel as in US

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 6, 2011 15:19




National Medical Association figures released Sunday to members of the Knesset Labor, Social Welfare, and Health committees showed that there has been an increase in the frequency of deaths of premature babies.

The figures also showed that there is a large shortage of doctors in the field of premature births.

According to the Medical Association report, the mortality rate of premature babies weighing 750 grams and less is twice as high in Israel as in the United States, Japan and in some European countries, due to a shortage in manpower.

Additionally, there has been an increase of 10 percent in premature births in Israel.

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