Iran says life expectancy in the country has already reached 75.6 years in what the government says is a result of improved public access to health services over the past years.
The figure that was highlighted in a report by the government of President Hassan Rouhani to the nation remained almost unchanged from that of last year.
In 2015, Iran’s life expectancy stood at 75.5 years and in 2014 at 74 years. The widest increase occurred between 2005 when it stood at 70.4 years and 2011 when it reached 74 years.
The report – that was meant to inform the nation about the first 100-day performance in office of President Rouhani since re-election in June – attributed the high life expectancy in the country to the easy access of Iranians to required health services. It said the nation currently had an access of 100 percent to health and treatment services.
The report – a summary of which was published by Iran’s IRNA news agency – also emphasized that infant mortality in Iran remained minimal and stood at 8.9 in every 1,000 births. The rate – as acknowledged by the Health Ministry – for 2015 stood at 9.5 while it had remained unchanged at 10 from 2012 to 2014.
The maternal deaths, it further added, stood at 18.1 in every 100,000 births. Over the past few years, the same rate had seen a significant decline. It stood at 91 deaths in 1998 but declined over the succeeding years and reached as low as 24.5 in 2005. From 2012 to 2016, the rate remained steady at 18.1 deaths in every 100,000 births.