• Events and walk draw attention to infant mortality in McDuffie
By Jim Wallace, Correspondent

The infant mortality walk to the library honored 37 babies that have died in the last 10 years in McDuffie County. Photo by Jim Wallace, Correspondent.

An event Saturday sought to help ensure that babies reach their first birthday.
Enterprise Community Healthy Start Program hosted infant mortality events across from The Brickyard on Main Street. Nearly 175 attended the event that included performances, games and a walk to the library where onesies hung to represent 37 babies that have died in the last 10 years in McDuffie County.
Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry proclaimed September as Infant Mortality Month in Thomson, as the event celebrated its fifth year.
Infant mortality refers to the number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births during the first year of life.
“The smallest and most premature babies have an enormous impact on infant mortality, according to the reports,” said Debra Griffin, community health outreach coordinator for Enterprise Community Healthy Start.

To read more on this story, see the Wed., Sept. 25, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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