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Public health and Covid-19 in the Dominican Republic

Healthcare in the Dominican Republic

Healthcare in the Dominican Republic is slightly above average in a global comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in the Dominican Republic is 71.2 years for men and 77.5 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 1.5 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).

A total of 491.06 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 5.9% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,121.81 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in the Dominican Republic

By June 13th, 2022, 579652 infected persons and 4354 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported in March 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear.

The total of 579,652 infected people represent 5.3% of the country's total population.


The first graph shows the number of reported infections per calendar week. The second graph below the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in the Dominican Republic results in a mortality rate of 0.8%. It should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers weekly. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Current development

Calendar weekInfectedDeaths
23/20225,0005
22/20223,8560
21/20222,2580
20/20228030
19/20227281
18/20225540
17/20222650
16/20223251
15/20222580
14/20222780

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height174 cm161 cm
BMI25.627.4
Weight77.6 kg70.9 kg

Diseases

Dominican RepublicØ worldwide
Diabetes *8.60%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.04%0.13%
Malaria0.0%5.7%
HIV / Aids0.06%0.03%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.


Child vaccinations

Dominican RepublicØ worldwide
Measles82.0%84.0%
Hepatitis B0.08%0.08%
Tetanus9.9%0.0%
DTP *8.20%8.30%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

In the Dominican Republic, 10.6% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
11 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in the Dominican RepublicMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in the Dominican Republic is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 1.6 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 16,900 physicians in the Dominican Republic, there are about 1.56 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 19 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Sources

Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Infected and deaths by the corona virus (COVID 19)Spread of the Corona virus Covid19 (SARS-CoV-2)Worldwide development of the number of cases and deaths due to the corona virus.
Comparison: LIfe expectancyAverage life expectancy by countryInternational ranking of life expectancy in 122 countries including summary by continents. Explanation of significant factors.
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