EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSKY. INFANT MORTALITY
from Eyewitness News Online
Ky. Officials Try Combat Infant Mortality
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Mar. 3, 2013 3:45 PM EST
Frankfort, Franklin County , Kentucky
Health care professionals and government officials from across the state are trying to address the large number of Kentucky babies that die in their first year of life.
The Courier-Journal reported at the Governor's Summit on Infant Mortality last week, officials said nearly 14 percent of Kentucky babies are born prematurely. And hospitalizations for babies born addicted to drugs rose by 2,400 percent between 2000 and 2011.
Officials said poverty, lack of education and drug abuse contribute to an infant mortality rate that is higher than Cuba, Croatia or Slovakia.
Attempts to combat the problem include a home-visitation program for new and expectant parents and an educational program to prevent elective deliveries before 39 weeks gestation.
Officials said they are also working to get more drug-addicted mothers into treatment.
Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
2012 NEWS: JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
Home | Eyewitness News Newsroom | Storm Team Weather | Eyewitness Sports | Schedules
Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2013, WCHS-TV8. Portions are
Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.