Maternal Mortality Situation Worries Government

The Ministry of Health and Child Care says it is not happy with the current maternal mortality situation in the country though they can do more.

According to the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Brigadier General (Retired) Dr. Gerald Gwinji, the country reduced maternal deaths from 960/100000 in 2010 to 641/100000 in 2015.

“We have reduced maternal deaths from 960/100000 in 2010 to 641/100000 in 2015. We aim to go to 300/100000 by 2020, we are not happy. We can do more” said Dr. Gwinji

On what interventions in place to improve the maternal health situation Dr. Gwinji said the government has several programs that were centered on safe motherhood.

“We have several programs themed around Safe Motherhood that is, family planning, antenatal care, safe delivery, post natal care, we implement high impact low cost interventions for example maternity waiting homes and free blood coupons” he said

A variety of factors including lack of access to professional prenatal care, delays in seeking or reaching health care, poor monitoring of pregnancy all increase the likelihood that a woman may die during pregnancy, during delivery or shortly after delivery.

Maternal death is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management.

Zimbabwe continues to have a high maternal mortality ratio (MMR), despite the commitment from the government to address the issue and as one of the interventions maternity user fees have been scrapped at various government hospitals.

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