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Maternal Mortality 2012 Challenge for Luweero Mothers

The District health report indicates that at least 31 new born babies and 8 women also died over various complications within the year. The report however couldn’t record deaths from traditional birth attendants and other forms.
Women in Luweero district say maternal mortality was their greatest challenge in 2012 and they are looking forward for government commitment to change the trend in 2013.
A report by Luweero Health Department of 2011/2012 indicates that only 32% of mothers (6,698) gave birth in health centres whereas 68% (14,102) produced with the help of traditional birth attendants. This is risky for the mothers.
The report says that at least 31 new born babies and 8 women also died of various complications within the year by health centre records. The report however couldn’t record deaths from traditional birth attendants and other deaths outside of professional medical care.
Mary Namusisi, in charge of Shanti Maternal Health Centre, says that the cases of deaths could be averted because causes are known but mid wives are overstretched and they are operating with meagre resources which have scared even expectant mothers.
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The councillor for Nyimbwa Sub county Zenar Nasur says that the numbers of mothers dying in process of giving birth in villages are higher and go unrecorded.
She says that women in the district still use poor facilities like old clothes or polythene bags instead of gloves after failing to secure kits. She says this must be condemned in 2013 through massive sensitization and provision of the equipment by Ministry of Health.
Zulaika Kabale, a pregnant woman in Luweero town council, sayS that she is currently seeking antenatal care in private health units after  she to get medical attention from Kasana Health Center IV because of the high turn up of expectant mothers and too few midwives and resources.
Kabale adds that expectant mothers were also sharing beds and other sleep on the floor which should be addressed in 2013.
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The Luweero Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Christopher Kyomya  in response says that the district is in process of recruiting 11 midwives and 90  health workers to beef up efforts to fight maternal deaths in  2013. Kyomya says that the recruitment  is also expected to increase the number  of expectant mothers visiting health centres  to 45% from 32% in a year.
Luweero district currently has only 53 enrolled midwives who are expected to attend to 20,800 births a year.

maternal deaths ministry of health luweero district health report 2011/12 traditional birth attendants

Type Analysis
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Location Luweero
Accepted on 2013-01-01 15:59:32

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Mary Namusisi in charge of Shanti Maternal Health Center on causes of maternal deaths 89 downloads
Zulaika Kabale an expectant mother on poor maternal Health in Luweero 75 downloads
Some of expectant mothers in yoga classes at Shanti Maternal Health Center in Luweero 92 downloads


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