Palestine’s death rate has fallen from 21.85 to 18.62 per thousand in a year and the birth rate has risen from 41.59 to 45.16 per thousand, according to the Government Health Department’s report for 1935. Child death rate dropped from 157 to 131 per thousand.
The general health of the population has been highly satisfactory, the report says, with only usual seasonal epidemics. Because of a satisfactory rainy season in 1934, peasants and Bedouins had plenty of milk and meat.
The department gives the total population on June 30, 1935, as 1,194,529, including 759,904 Mohammedans, 320,000 Jews, and 103, 371 Christians. The Jews had a natural increase of 22.2 per thousand and the non-Jewish population, 21.1 per thousand.
The Jewish birth rate increased from 30.23 to 30.79, and the non-Jewish from 44.97 to 50.41.