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Busia women decry high maternal mortality rates

03 October 2014, 09:20 Jane Zack

Busia - Medics and women leaders have decried the high maternal mortality rate in Busia County and want ‘state of emergency’ for maternal mortality declared.

Busia Governor's wife Judy Ojaamong, County Health Director Melisa Lutomia and Health committee chairman Ishmael Orodi said Kenya will not attain millennium development goal 5 if no action was taken.

Speaking during the 'stand up, speak out' campaign for reproductive rights at Nambale Polytechnic on Tuesday, the leaders urged county governments to prioritize comprehensive healthcare.

32 maternal mortality cases daily

Judy Ojaamong said it was regrettable that the country loses 32 people every day from maternal mortality including six women due to abortion.

She said Kenya is hardly close to attaining MDG 5 with its maternal rate at 448 deaths per 100 000 deliveries countrywide and 307/100 000 in Busia.

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Dr Lutomia said 13 percent of the deaths of pregnant mothers were due to excessive bleeding with 17 percent of the total deaths being pregnant youths.

County Assembly health committee chairman, Ishmael Orodi urged the youth to observe self discipline, control, and responsibility  to prolong their life expectancy.

County Nursing Officer, Assumpta Matekwa said abortion was real with many deaths arising from mothers who try to procure abortions, and 40 percent of mothers aged 19 years having at least given birth.

Matekwa made a startling revelation that 16 children aged 16 years and below gave birth at the County Referral hospital with majority having delivered via caesarian section.

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She disclosed that family planning and use of contraceptives were the rights of any female person who attains puberty stage to avoid early pregnancies and contracting the killer HIV/AIDs disease.

Matekwa said rape cases were on the rise in the county, thus the need to avail condoms or contraceptives to women to protect them against unplanned pregnancies and HIV/AIDs.

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