The Ministry of Health says Trinidad and Tobago continues to record neonatal mortality rates or newborn death rates well below the international benchmark set by the United Nations.
In a media release Monday, the Ministry reveals while the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2030 sets the neonatal mortality target to at least 12 per 1,000 live births, in 2021, Trinidad and Tobago achieved a rate of less than six per one thousand live births.
It says Trinidad and Tobago’s 2021 newborn death rate is the lowest ever recorded for the country and was achieved despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry attributes this sustained annual success results from its implementation of robust initiatives addressing women’s health through its Directorate of Women’s Health – a centralized national coordinating team responsible for strategic and operational planning.
The Ministry says it has invested heavily in enhancing the required resources, including trained personnel, equipment and infrastructure at the Regional Health Authorities.
The release says critical to the continued success is the improved coordination and communication of all relevant stakeholders across public and private health sectors.
The Ministry says it also continues to create and implement standardized clinical care protocols specifically to improve the health and wellbeing of mother and child.