Im­prove ma­ter­nal health­care, state urged

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

Am­ref Health Africa has urged the government to come up with bet­ter strate­gies of re­duc­ing ma­ter­nal deaths.

Project man­ager Dor­cas In­dalo said de­spite free ma­ter­nal care ser­vices rolled out by the government, the coun­try still has cases of ma­ter­nal deaths. She spoke in Nakuru yes­ter­day dur­ing a stake­hold­ers’ meet­ing on the re­view of the Nakuru County Ma­ter­nal, New­born and Child Health Bill 2014, cur­rently at the public par­tic­i­pa­tion stage.

Ac­cord­ing to the Health min­istry’s 2014 sta­tis­tics, at least 6,000 ma­ter­nal deaths oc­cur an­nu­ally. Man­dera leads with more than 2,000, fol­lowed by Wa­jir at more than 500 cases, Nairobi and Nakuru with at least 444 deaths, among them 44 cases in Nakuru.

In­dalo at­trib­uted the deaths to mi­gra­tion of health­care work­ers to pri­vate hos­pi­tals and out­side the coun­try.

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