Number of women dying in labour daily reduces

Reports from the Ministry of Health have indicated a decline in the number of women who die every day while giving birth.

Number of women dying in labour daily reduces
Story by Mukama Evart \

Reports from the Ministry of Health have indicated a decline in the number of women who die every day while giving birth.

The Ministry, 5 mothers who deliver in health facilities are dying. This is 11 women less than the 16 mothers registered in the 2016 Uganda Demographics and Health Survey.

Officials at the health ministry are attributing this decrease in mothers dying daily to government investment in health. 

According to Dr Richard Mugahi the assistant commissioner in charge of Maternal Health, the decrease in cases has been picked up from information supplied by health facilities.

The decrease in deaths is picked from the Ministry of Health Information Management System where different health facilities report deaths.

The biggest cause of death among mothers is haemorrhage contributing to 25 per cent of all deaths and preeclampsia leads to 15 per cent of the deaths. Other registered causes of death among women are infections such as malaria.

Dr Mugahi attributes the decrease to increase government investment in health. He says more women are able to deliver from health centres today than in 2016 due to proper staffing and stocking of health facilities.

Margaret Muhanga the minister of state for health in charge of primary health care says the government is working towards reducing maternal deaths.

The ministry of health is expected to release a new UDHS report later this year. Dr Mugahi says they expect the maternal mortality rate will also decrease.



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