Report Shows Fewer Ohio Child Deaths, But More Are Preventable


An annual review of child deaths in Ohio shows that fewer children are dying.
But the Zanesville Times Recorder reports that the Child Fatality Review released Friday also noted more than one in five deaths could have been prevented.
The Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Children's Trust Fund review of data from 2011 says nearly 10 percent fewer children died that year than in 2007.
The report reviewed 1,547 deaths in 2011 and said more than half of those children died before age 1.
It found that premature birth caused the most deaths among Ohio children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that is the leading cause of infant deaths nationwide.