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GLAXO BEGINS SHIPPING MATERNAL AND INFANT HEALTH UNITS TO NORTH CAROLINA COUNTIES

 GLAXO BEGINS SHIPPING MATERNAL AND INFANT HEALTH UNITS
 TO NORTH CAROLINA COUNTIES
 RALEIGH, N.C., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Glaxo Inc. has begun delivering modular units that will be used to provide maternal and infant health services in the North Carolina counties. The pharmaceutical company's donation is being coordinated through the Governor's Commission on Reduction of Infant Mortality.
 Glaxo had used the units for temporary offices during the expansion of its manufacturing facility in Zebulon.
 The first modular unit was shipped to the Hyde County Health Department on Feb. 17. All units are scheduled for delivery by the end of March. Most of the offices measure about 55 feet by 60 feet.
 "This is a wonderful opportunity to improve maternal and infant health facilities in some of the counties that need help most," said Walter L. Shepherd, Executive Director of the Governor's Commission on Reduction of Infant Mortality.
 Glaxo is having the units disassembled and transported to counties that were selected by a review committee coordinated by the Governor's Commission.
 In addition to the Hyde County Health Department, other agencies that are receiving units are:
 Halifax County Health Department
 Haywood-Moncure Health Center, Chatham County
 Hertford-Gates District Health Department
 Lincoln County Health Department
 Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health Department
 Pamlico County Health Department
 Pungo District Hospital, Belhaven
 Toe River Health Department, Yancey County
 Wake County Department of Health
 A 1991 state government survey found that 64 of the state's 100 counties need improved clinic facilities for maternal and child care.
 In addition to donating the modular units, Glaxo also has pledged $5 million to improve the state's infant mortality ranking. In 1988, North Carolina's death rate among babies under one year of age was the highest in the nation. Since then, the Governor's Commission on Reduction of Infant Mortality has sought to coordinate statewide efforts to reduce infant mortality and improve pregnancy outcomes.
 Glaxo, Inc. is a research-based pharmaceutical company with headquarters in Research Triangle Park. The company has been the leading private sector supporter of programs to reduce infant mortality in North Carolina. Glaxo also is a major sponsor of programs aimed at reducing the drop-out rate in the state's public schools.
 In addition to the RTP headquarters, Glaxo operates a manufacturing and packaging facility in Zebulon and has purchased a site for another production facility in Kenly in Johnston County.
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 /CONTACT: Jane Falkowski, Governor's Commission on Reduction of Infant Mortality, 919-828-1616/
 (GLX) CO: Governor's Commission on Reduction of Infant Mortality; Glaxo Inc. ST: North Carolina IN: HEA MTC SU:


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