- According to the Uganda Health and Demographic Survey, maternal mortality reduced from 418 per 100,000 live births deaths in 2006 to 336/100,000 in 2016. Even then, some 6,000 women and adolescent girls still die every year from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth
By Metedio Iceta
Adjumani- Adjumani district health department with support from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is struggling to improve maternal health through efforts to women’s access to antenatal service at various facilities by both Refugees and host community mothers in the district.
This comes at a time when Adjumani district lost five mothers in 2019-2020 and the health team struggling to ensure there is zero deaths of mothers during delivery.
Godfrey Manga, the Acting Adjumani District Health Officer, said on Monday that: “Last financial year we lost five mothers. We thought we would bring this to zero and the first half of the year it worked our way but now we have lost a mother. We think we shouldn’t loss more than one this year.”
He said to achieve this, they are working towards the promotion of reproductive health and physical and psychosocial development of the child and adolescent within families.
The survey further says for every woman or girl who dies, an estimated 20 or 30 suffer injuries, infections or life-long disabilities including obstetric fistula.
“We have agreed with health workers in private clinics or from lower health units not to delay with a mother who has complication.”
Ms Zaida Kadara, a Caretaker of maternal child health department Mungula health center IV said the major challenges affecting the department is low staffing although per day 50-60 mothers turn up for ANC at the facility.
“Our antenatal service care at this facility (Mungula HC IV) receives high number of patients who are being managed by only seven staff members. There is a need at least to recruit enough staff particularly maternity runs 24hours and of which no one can work without resting,” she said.
Ms Pauline Idia, the Assistant DHO-in charge of maternal child health-Adjumani, said: “The health workers have raised concerns over the increasing cases of teenage pregnancy in the district. We are committed to ensure no mother dies during and after labor even if they are teenage mothers.”
UNFPA says the number of Ugandan women dying in childbirth has progressively reduced over the years. UNFPA supports procurement and delivery of essential medicines and equipment including ambulances to foster improvement of maternity services across Adjumani and Uganda.