EASTERN PROVINCE RECORDS 45 MATERNAL DEATHS FROM JANUARY TO DATE
Written by ClementB on July 21, 2017
A consultant at Chipata Central Hospital Moses Chirwa says 45 mothers have died this year alone in Eastern Province due to maternal related complications.
Featuring on a health programme on Radio Maria yesterday on maternal deaths, Dr Chirwa who is also a gynaecologist says of the 45 deaths recorded, 8 occured at home as a result of exessive bleeding during delivery.
He says most women who have died in the province during delivery are those who were having their 5th or 6th pregnancy.
Dr Chirwa says that mothers should deliver their babies at health institutions and not at home in order to avoid such deaths.
He says women who are above 30 or have more than 5 children are at a higher risk of maternal related complications.
Dr Chirwa says the most ideal age for a woman to start giving birth is 21 with a period of child spacing of between 2 to 3 years.