Gambia: 289,000 women died of pregnancy, birth related causes in five years

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Public Health Nurse, Lamin Manjang said on Saturday that the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) estimated that globally, 289, 000 women have died of pregnancy and childbirth related causes in the last five years.

Speaking at the opening of an extended maternity ward at the health facility of Kombo South coastal community of Gunjur on Saturday, Mr. Manjang said most of the deaths were due to severe bleeding and obstructed labour, all of which have highly effective interventions.

He further revealed that there has been a decline in worldwide mortality rate, adding that much has to be done in The Gambia, where high rate of maternal morbidity and mortality still exists, particularly in impoverished communities.

Mr. Manjang further stated that in many developing countries including The Gambia, pregnancy complications and childbirth are the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age.

He said prevention of morbidity and mortality in The Gambia is deemed paramount, noting that poor maternal health causes the death of many women. ‘‘Improving the well-being of mothers and babies is an important public health goal for the ministry of health and their well-being determine the health of the next generation,” Manjang said.

He said the expansion of Gunjur health centre maternity ward will address a wide range of conditions such as health behaviour and health system indicators.

Author: Lamin Darboe


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