HC Deb 09 February 1938 vol 331 c1072W
Mr. Ridley

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the infantile mortality figures in St. Kitts is 300 per thousand; and what action he proposes to take with a view to reducing the high rate of infantile mortality in that island?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

The infantile mortality figure in St. Kitts, according to the 1936 Medical Report, was 164.1 per thousand. Active steps have been taken in St. Kitts in recent years with a view to reducing infantile mortality, which was as high as 245.57 per thousand in 1926 and 204.7 in 1934. It will thus be seen that a steady reduction is being effected, and I hope that this will continue.

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