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First Lady concerned at mothers' deaths

25 August 2014, 14:43

Nairobi - First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has raised concern at the country’s maternal mortality rate.

She said it was “unacceptable” that mothers in the 21st century still died while giving birth.

“In Kenya, 27 out of every 1 000 born babies die at birth, majority of them within less than 48 hours,” she said as she officially opened the tenth International Congress of Tropical Pediatrics.

Kenya Pediatrics Association (KPA) is organising the event is held under the theme, “Tropical Pediatrics’ and the MDGs: Where are We?”

“As we have just passed the 500th day mark to the countdown on the MDG’s (Millennium Development Goals) , it is an opportune moment for us to individually as countries, and collectively as regions, to take stock of our progress towards achieving the MDG targets set just about 15 years ago,” said Kenyatta.

She added that it was of concern that while Kenya was making some steady progress towards reducing child mortality, newborn mortality continues to remain high.

“Many of us, if not all of us, are struggling with being able to achieve the MDGs,” she said.

The First Lady has in the past one year lead a team in the Beyond Zero campaign, which is targeted at reducing maternal and newborn mortality.

She said that the team is delivering mobile health clinics to the 47 counties in Kenya starting with those that have the highest maternal and newborn mortality.

“I urge each person here, each region here, and each government represented here to commit, and do their bit towards achieving the MDG's,”
she said.

– CAJ News

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