CHO reports increased births, decreased death rates in 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 11:30

The City recorded an increase in birth rate and a drop in death rates for the year 2015, according to the City Health Office (CHO).

The City documented a crude birth rate (CBR) of 23.11, which is higher than the 2014 CBR of 22.35, said Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Kibtiya Uddin in her report of the City’s 2015 health indices to the local press Monday morning, February 16.

A crude birth rate is the number of live births occurring among the population of a specific area in a given year, per 1,000 mid-year total population of the said area in the same year.

Meanwhile, the crude death rate for 2015 was noted to be lower than 2014 at 4.87 as compared to last year’s 5.15.

A highlight in the City’s health indices is the massive decrease infant mortality rate which, through the comprehensive efficacy and implementation of the City Government’s health program, was halved from 10.4 in 2014 to 5.55 in 2015.

Both under 5 mortality rate and maternal mortality rate are also down from 6.2 to 4.77 and 1.13 to 0.83, respectively.

Health indicators are summary measures designed to describe particular aspects of health or health system performance, generally developed in the context of a conceptual framework.

They are quantifiable characteristics of population used as evidence for describing the health of a population. — Jasmine Mohammadsali