Motorcycle ambulances to cut maternal deaths
The Mandera Health department on Saturday flagged off four motorcycles to supplement six ambulances in the fight against high maternal deaths. In a WHO report of 2014, Mandera topped the world in maternal mortality rates. The few health facilities and distance travelled to access them contributed to the many deaths. Health executive Ahmed Sheikh said the motorcycles will help in quickly taking pregnant women to health facilities. He said the high maternal mortality rate impedes development. The motorcycle ambulance pilot project is funded by UKAid and facilitated by the Emergency Pastoralist Assistance Group and Health Poverty Action.