Delayed Antenatal To Blame For Maternal and Infant Deaths

Minister of Health DR Christine-Ondoa

The Ministry of Health has said that as long as there are still delays in starting antenatal and lack of emergency support within health care institutions, the life of mothers and their infants will be endangered due to complications.

The Minister of Health Dr. Christine Ondoa said that in addition to complications related to maternal health, lack of sufficient and functioning equipment further puts the life of mothers and infants at risk.

Speaking when receiving equipment from the United Nations Population Fund worth 1, 300, 727, 505  shillings ($ 50, 9091) to be used in obstetric care, Dr. Ondoa was concerned that young mothers and those not spacing childbirth at least by two years, fall victim to the complications.

The equipments include resuscitation machines; inter-uterine contraceptive devices, vasectomy sets bilateral tubal ligation kits, sterilizers and vacuum extractors used in post abortion treatment.

Other equipment will be used in taking patients from the point of admission to the point of service care such as wheel chair.

But the UNFPA Deputy Country Representative Cecile Compaore’ pointed out that each equipment had a story of maternal health complications and will go a long way in addressing reproductive health challenges.

The Ministry also received the blood pressure machines, baby weighing scales the suction apparatus. The equipment will be distributed in the districts of Kabong, Yumbe, Moroto, Oyam, Katakwi, Kotido, Mubende and Kanungu.

Director General of Health Services Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng observed that lack of skilled birth attendants was causing losses in life. She indicated that recruitment drive of skilled health workers at health centre 3 and 4 will soon begin.

On average countrywide 75% health workers have been recruited with other districts achieving the 100% target of recruitment.

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