OREANDA-NEWS. The natural decline in the population over the four months of 2019 was 149 thousand people, Russia catastrophically losing its population. This was announced on Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova at a meeting with members of the scientific and educational medical cluster of the Northwestern Federal District "Zapadny".

 According to Tatyana Golikova, two national goals are key - natural population growth and life expectancy.

 According to Golikova, many regions "in pursuit of quality indicators" reduced the death rates from cancer and cardiovascular diseases, as well as external causes.

 She stressed that federal structures should be involved in assessing the situation; otherwise, positive changes will be questionable.

 Earlier in the Russian Ministry of Health told about the decline in mortality of men.