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         The medical infrastructure has been constantly expanded and strengthened. The curse of leprosy,small pox,filariasis etc. has been virtually contained. There are now two hospitals, one 50-Bedded at Kavaratti, with specialist services and used for referral purposes and the other 20-bedded at Minicoy. Three Primary Health Centres at Amini, Andrott and Agatti have been converted as Community Health Centres during 1994. Three Primary Health Centres with bed capacity of ten each are there in other inhabited islands. Forteen Sub centres are also functioning. In Bitra, a sub-centre has been opened in addition to the first aid centre. The islands which lost many lives in the past for want of medical and health facilities are now placed in a better position. The vital rates of the territory during 1994 are: Birth rate 22.31 death rate 5.14 and Infant Mortality rate 44.08.