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Nicaragua reports poverty reduction in last 15 years

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Nicaragua reports poverty reduction in last 15 years

Managua, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) The integration of the North and South Caribbean zones, after the construction of highways, telecommunications infrastructure and access to health care, education, drinking water and sanitation, currently shows a poverty reduction in Nicaragua.

Jose Figueroa, a legislator and executive secretary for the parliamentarian group of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), highlighted the construction of 5,700 kilometers of roads in the last 15 years.

Figueroa also acknowledged the increase in electricity coverage in more than 99 percent during the same period, the delivery of 125,000 houses and investments in health care, one of the largest in Latin America, with the increase in the number of hospitals, medical centers, specialized institutions, equipment and maternity homes.

The parliamentarian added that those progresses have led to a reduction in the maternal and infant mortality rates and the permanence of free basic rights, and indicated the state financing of social programs such as school meals, productive food voucher and the Zero Usury program.

According to Figueroa, the administration of President Daniel Ortega and, since 2017, of Vice President Rosario Murillo, also promotes projects related to water and electricity subsidies for retirees and collective and inter-municipal urban transportation, one of the cheapest in the region.

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