PETER SICHALI writes
THE number of maternal related deaths in Muchinga Province has considerably gone down. Says acting provincial health director Charles Chungu has said.
Dr Chungu said for instance Isoka district alone recorded a slight deduction from 7 in 2018 to 4 this year.
“As a province we have recorded a reduction in terms of number of women who died during delivery from 60 percent in the past five years to 34 this year,” Dr Chungu said.
Speaking during the handover of Maternity Annex and Mother’s shelter at Sansamwenje and Kantenshya health centers, Dr Chungu said it as heartening that the province had recorded a reduction in maternal deaths. Dr Chungu said the reduction was still not desirable as it is the government’s wish that no woman should die while giving birth.
“Despite the reduction, the numbers are still not desirable as it is the policy of government that no woman should die during delivery,” he said.
He said the slight reduction was as a result of the various intervention that government had put in place.
And Dr Chungu has commended World Vision Luswepo Area programme for partnering with government in reducing maternal deaths by constructing Maternity Annex at Sansamwenje health facility at the cost of over K500,000 and mother’s shelter at Kantenshya health post in Isoka district.
He said the facilities would help reduce maternal-related deaths in the area.
Dr Chungu said the two facilities would help reduce the number of women giving births in their homes there by reducing maternal and under-five related deaths.
He has since urged expecting mother’s to always give birth at health facilities as opposed to doing so in their homes.