Mo­tor­cy­cle am­bu­lances to cut ma­ter­nal deaths

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

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.

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