Bolster maternal health services, experts advise

Saturday March 16 2019

By Gladys Mbwiga @gladysmbwiga news@thecitizen.co.tz

Dar es Salaam. Experts on maternal health in Tanzania have advised on ways y of preventing deaths of women and newborns during the birth process.
While Tanzania has made gains in reducing deaths of children under the age of five, slower progress has been made in reducing maternal and neonatal deaths.
According to data by the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, maternal mortality rates remain high at 556 deaths per 100,000 live births due to challenges such as inadequate quality of services, lack of access to emergency obstetric care, limited ability of women to independently access health services and direct causes such as bleeding after giving birth. Dr Gelase Kamugisha, a gynaecologist from the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), told The Citizen yesterday that for Tanzania to attain economic growth, it has to bolster maternal health services.
Dr Nathanael Mtinangi, another gynaecologist from MNH, explained deaths that more deaths occur during a normal delivery than when a pregnant woman is undergoing a C-section. He explained that blood shortage, eclampsia, shortage of anaesthesia experts, and rapture of the uterus before delivery and infection are the major causes of death during delivery in the country.

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