Health
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Visually Impaired Group
Seaford Visually Impaired Support Group meets in the activity room of the Methodist Manor House on the first and third Thursday of each month from 1:30-3 p.m. This month will be Oct. 7 and 21. The group meets to share concerns, support one another and to celebrate victories that they have had in dealing with life’s challenges. Anyone with a vision problem or his or her care-giver is welcome to attend. There is no charge and the group is open to the public. For more information call Robert Gray at 629-6204.

Nanticoke Auxiliary
Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary, general meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 13, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, North Street, Seaford. Lunch promptly at 11:30 a.m. ($8). Speaker Dr. Robert Ferber will talk about the new hospitalist program at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Reservations due by Oct. 8.
  Infant mortality rates drop for 2002 in Delaware
Gov. Ruth Ann Minner has announced that Delaware’s infant mortality rates dropped from 10.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2001 to 8.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2002, according to statistics from the Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2004 Kids Count Data Book. “This is just the beginning,” Minner said. “Every child deserves a first birthday, and we’re working hard to keep our infant mortality numbers going down in Delaware.” Last year’s Kids Count report ranked Delaware as having the 50th highest infant mortality rate in the nation. State rankings based on the 2002 numbers are not yet available, but DPH experts predict that Delaware will be ranked more favorably when state-by-state comparisons are available later this year. A complete report of the 2002 infant mortality rates was due to be provided to Gov. Minner’s Infant Mortality Task Force on Sept. 23. The task force will be drawing from medical experts and others knowledgeable of infant health issues to make recommendations to the governor.