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25 January 2021, 14:29

Belarusian government to spend heavily on nation's health, demographic security in 2021-2025

MINSK, 25 January (BelTA) – The implementation of the government program People's Health and Demographic Security will require Br46.8 billion in 2021-2025 BelTA learned from the Council of Ministers' resolution No.28 of 19 January 2021.

The central state budget will have to provide Br11.45 billion of the total while municipal budgets will appropriate over Br31.9 billion. Plans have been made to raise Br2.5 million as proprietary funds of organizations and Br3 billion from income-generating activities of public sector organizations. Plans have also been made to borrow Br290.5 million to finance the government program.

The aggregate birth rate is supposed to reach 1.32-1.46 children per woman by 2025. The total number of births has been falling in Belarus since 2016. In 2019 the number of births dropped by 25.6% in comparison with 2016. The aggregate birth rate dropped from 1.73 to 1.38 children per woman of fertile age in this period.

The government expects alcohol consumption to drop to 9.8 liters per capita. The figure stood at 13.3 liters in 2010 and 10.5 liters in 2019. The government will work out the concept of an anti-alcohol policy in 2021-2022 in addition to considering the possibility of raising minimal prices for strong alcohol by a margin that exceeds core inflation forecasts by 20-40%. There are plans to limit sales of energy drinks to the underage.

By 2025 the consumption of all types of tobacco products among people aged 18-69 is supposed to drop to 27.4%.

Apart from that, tuberculosis mortality is supposed to drop to 2.11 per 100,000 people. In 2019 it dropped by 45% in comparison with 2015 (from 4 to 2.2 per 100,000 people).

The government provides for building (reconstructing) 44 healthcare institutions (28 hospitals and healthcare centers, 13 clinics and three health improvement organizations).

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