Improve maternal healthcare, state urged
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.