SC’s Infant Mortality Rate Drops to Record Low for Second Year
New data released November 4th, 2015 by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) shows a reduction in South Carolina’s infant mortality rate, helping the state to reach a historic low for the second consecutive year.
An analysis of the agency’s data shows that the overall infant mortality rate for 2014 was 6.5 deaths per 1,000 live births. This includes a more than 30 percent drop in deaths among South Carolina infants between 2005 and 2014 and nearly a 6 percent reduction from the previous year.
“We are pleased to see South Carolina’s infant mortality rate reach another historic low,” said DHEC Director of Health Services Lisa Davis. “While we are encouraged by this year’s progress, DHEC remains committed to working with our partners across the state to continue our efforts to decrease infant mortality, reduce racial disparity within birth outcomes and protect the lives of South Carolina’s youngest and most vulnerable.”
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