Members of the parliamentary committee on health have today resolved to demand a monthly report on maternal deaths in the country.
was among the committee's 14 resolutions to improve maternal and child health in the next five years following a three-day capacity-building workshop that ended on Friday. The workshop
was facilitated by the Center for Health, Human Rights, and
members led by Kabale Municipality MP, Nicholas Kamara, Soroti Woman MP Anne Adeke and Mbarara Woman MP
Margaret Ayebare want the health ministry to provide a monthly update on
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says the update will be on the status of maternal deaths in Uganda and
strategies being implemented to reduce maternal mortality.
will engage the government to maintain a dashboard for maternal and
child mortality to ensure that cases are monitored and corrective action
is taken to address the challenges identified," he says.
He added, "We
want to know how bad the situation is, check the accuracy of the
figures with what we have on the ground because some pregnant women die
outside the health facilities before or after childbirth."
has been reported that Uganda loses 16 mothers during childbirth every
day. But legislators say this data needs to be backed by the reports from
all the districts.
Mbarara Wonman MP, Margaret
Ayebare says it is important to get the monthly reports because some of
the districts do not submit maternal audit reports to the ministry.
"The Ministry of health has told us that Uganda has recorded so far 590
maternal deaths since January 2021, yet these were reported from only 65
districts and we have 146 districts," she revealed. "So we must be concerned about
how many women we are losing daily, monthly and yearly and the impact it has socially and economically."
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says the committee will therefore pressurize the ministry to get
reports from all districts on maternal deaths so that the country gets
to know how many expectant mothers die daily in Uganda.
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Kiyange, the Deputy Director at CEHURD, says that although the health ministry has
reported a decline on maternal deaths from 448 in 100,000 live births in
2011 to 336 in 100,000 live births in 2016, the numbers are
still unbearably high. This is due mainly to excessive blood loss during childbirth, high
blood pressure, unsafe abortions, obstructed labour, infections, delays
in seeking medical care and also inadequate health care.
explains further that the maternal deaths figures are high among
teenagers, who make up 18 percent of mothers who have died since last year.
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MP Dr. Lulume Bayiga, says the workshop is
timely because it has provided information on health rights. He adds
that the health committee will push for increased funding to the health
sector, passage of national health laws, national health insurance law,
Organ transplants, and amendments to various laws including the Public
Health Act and Penal Code among others.