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Mortality Rates Decrease in Russia

MOSCOW. Aug 11 (Interfax) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has pointed to a decrease in mortality rates related to a number of diseases.

"We are witnessing positive demographic dynamics. This is not only due to higher birth rates, but also due to falling mortality rates, including a fall by 4.5% from heart disease, by 1.1% from cancer problems, by 5.7% from traffic accidents and by 6.3% from tuberculosis," Putin said at a government meeting on Thursday.

Health and Social Development Minister Tatyana Golikova said that mortality rates in the first half of this year decreased by 2.8% overall against the same period last year.

"Infant mortality rates are steadily declining: The first half of this year saw a 6.6% fall from the same period last year," she said.

Infant mortality rates fell from 11 deaths per 1,000 babies (3.5 deaths per 1,000 in Europe) to 7.1 deaths per 1,000 babies, Golikova said.

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