By: Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, July 3 (CNA) Statistics showing congenital malformations and chromosomal abnormalities as
the main causes of death of newborns in Taiwan has led health authorities to conduct a review and raised questions about the age at which women give birth.
A senior Health Promotion Administration official, Chen Miao-hsin (陳妙心), said the government has begun a program to review and analyze the deaths of young Taiwanese newborns in response to the data and set up a review mechanism to help draft preventive measures.
According to Ministry of Health and Welfare data on the 10 leading causes of death among Taiwanese people in 2016, a total of 811 babies died before their first birthday during the year, and 505 of them, or 62.3 percent, were under four weeks old when they passed away.
The data, released last month, found that congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities were the top causes of death among newborns for the eighth straight year, taking 20.5 percent of lives. [FULL STORY]