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Life Expectancy in Iran is 62.8 Years

Life Expectancy in Iran is 62.8 YearsLife Expectancy in Iran is 62.8 Years

Life expectancy in Iran is 62.8 years according to the latest statistics, said Health Minister Seyed Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi.

“If we succeed in controlling diseases, we will be able to increase life expectancy of Iranians,” he said.

By the end of September, all the 10.5 million people living in 700 informal settlements in the country will be provided basic medical and health services, the minister said on Friday, at the launching of the second phase of the Health Reform Plan in the northeastern city of Mashhad, the second most populous city in Iran and capital of Khorasan Razavi Province.

“Unfortunately, community health has been neglected in the country, and collective efforts are needed to address the problem,” he said, quoted by Alef news agency.

He also praised the performance of the Mashhad University of Medical Sciences and said “Integration of the medical system and medical universities has a positive impact on public health. Medical universities can cooperate in improving health indices in informal settlements.

Diagnosis is critical to prevent diseases and medical universities should help the ministry in this important task. Nearly $29 million has been allocated to implement health services for informal settlements around Mashhad, he pointed out.

Hashemi also pointed to health and medical services coverage for all cities with a population less than 20,000 to 50,000. “People living in small cities comprise 14.5 million.”

 Incentives

In the past, many deprived regions including Sistan and Baluchestan Province lacked physicians. “Fortunately the problem was resolved last year (ended March 20) through incentives for physicians working in disadvantaged areas,” he said.

In the previous year, more than 4000 specialist physicians were employed in different medical centers. Also today, there is one hospital per 45,000 people.

A new plan has been devised by the ministry for monitoring the status of all diseases; however, government and Majlis (parliament) support is required for its implementation. Gathering people’s medical data and establishing an electronic data bank will help identify which region is more prone to a specific disease and thus help adopt policies to prevent diseases, he said.

This is the first time that the health system is expanding in an equitable manner and the government has decided to assign important tasks to the private sector to help increase community cooperation in improving health indices, he added.

 Germany Breaks Record

Meanwhile, newborn boys in Germany can now expect to live until roughly the age of 78, and girls five years more than that. Both of those assessments are record-breaking, according to the new numbers published by Germany’s Federal Statistic Office in Wiesbaden, reports Reuters.

Female babies in Germany have an average life expectancy of 82 years and ten months, while newborn boys can expect to live for 77 years and nine months, both “record high” values, according to statisticians.

On average, a 65-year old German can look forward to another 17.5 years of life, while a woman of the same age can count on another 20 years and nine months.

Life expectancy at birth reflects the overall mortality rate of a population. It summarizes the mortality pattern that prevails across all age groups in a given year – children and adolescents, adults and the elderly. In 2012, life expectancy at birth for both sexes globally was 70 years, ranging from 62 years in low-income countries to 79 years in high-income countries, giving a ratio of 1.3 between the two income groups. Women live longer than men all around the world.

 

Financialtribune.com