NORTHWESTERN Province has recorded 50 maternal deaths this year with Solwezi recording the highest, says provincial Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Davies Saasa.
Dr Saasa said the leading cause of the deaths was bleeding after deliveries. He said the Ministry of Health had put in measures which included training medical staff on how to attend to critical conditions pregnant women may face, among other interventions to improve the situation.
He told ZANIS in Solwezi that the interventions would ensure that maternal deaths were reduced next year.
Meanwhile Northwestern Province Permanent Secretary, Willies Mangimela said maternal mortality was widely accepted as a key indicator of the performance of Zambia’s health sector.
Mr Mangimela said it was for that reason that President Edgar Lungu declared maternal and perinatal deaths as a public health emergency, which resonated with the Ministry of Health’s legacy goal number one, which focused on reducing maternal and child illnesses and death.
He said this in a speech read for him by Solwezi District Commissioner Rosemary Kamalonga
He said government had continued implementing measures countrywide that would ensure the provision of quality reproductive health services and availability of skilled staff to attend to women and men in the child bearing age.
Mr Mangimela said the province, as a beneficiary of government’s interventions received 230 nurses, 15 doctors and three obstetricians to enhance reproductive health services thereby, managing complicated and specialized services. – ZANIS