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UK death rate similar to African nations
Sat Jan 7, 2012 1:57PM
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The rate of mortality in the poorest areas of Britain is reportedly as high as in some crisis-hit African nations, official figures have revealed.


According to the records released by Office for National Statistics (ONS), the death rate in the country's most isolated parts is as high as 1,500 deaths per 100,000 people in one year.

Bryncethin in Bridgend, south Wales, came up on top of the areas in England and Wales with the highest rate of mortality, with 1,499 deaths per 100,000 people in 2009.

Whittington in Oswestry came in second with 1,468, followed by Portrack and Tilery in Stockton-on-Tees (1,422), Gwersyllt West in Wrexham (1,419), Offa in Wrexham (1,297), Grosvenor in Wrexham (1,284.)

However, the rate of mortality in Rwanda, in central and eastern Africa, is 1,427 and in Botswana, in southern Africa, is 1,452, World Health Organization reported.

Health experts believe that the data reveal the problems of parts of the country that previously were among the industrial areas, including mining valleys or dockyards that have been neglected in the past decades.

The experts also stress that elder people who had to handle hard manual work would die sooner, while young inhabitants often turn to drinks or drugs due to the high rate of unemployment in the country. They also declare that poor diet and air pollution affect the lives of people living in the country's crisis hit areas.

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