Deeny, James and Murdock, Eric T. 'Infant mortality in the city of Belfast'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XVII No. 2, 1943/1944, pp221-240
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XVII No. 2 1943/1944
Within recent years attention in the North has been drawn to the
high mortality rate in Belfast and, as a result, considerable interest in
now being shown in the matter of child health.
How serious is the situation can be
appreciated from the fact that in Belfast each year, for every thousand
children born, any number between 85 and 120 will die. The extreme
danger of being a baby in this city is evident when it is realised that,
in some years, one baby in every eight dies during the first year of life.
Judging by standards existing elsewhere, 70 per cent, of these deaths
are preventable and, consequently, at least five hundred children in
Belfast lose their lives unnecessarily each year.
To tackle such a problem, and it is being tackled, facts concerning
every feature of the matter are required, and it is in this connection
that we wish to present our study to the Society.
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