"Ramesh" Comes To Harlem
January 04, 2003, 04:00 AM
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An Irish-American Reader Complains About Fulford's "Ganging Up On America."

From:  "Ramesh"

Your people get into the news again- African immigrants

"Harlem Baby Deaths Up," by Frankie Edozien, New York Post, December 30, 2002.

"Central Harlem's infant-mortality rate rose to 13.1 deaths per 1,000 births last year - more than double the citywide level.

"The news comes at a time when health officials are trumpeting a record-low citywide infant-mortality rate of 6.1.

"Advocates and health-care experts blamed the Harlem rate - which rose last year while the city's overall rate dipped - on delays in getting funding and a large influx of immigrants who don't have ready access to health care….

"'In Central Harlem, there are a lot of immigrants from Africa,' explained Adam Aponte, chief of pediatrics at North General Hospital.

"'They don't not how to access health care. They are uninsured or may be eligible but do not apply because they are fearful that their immigration status may be revealed.'"

January 04, 2003