Mmegi Online :: Maternal deaths can be prevented
Banners
Banners
Banners
Banners
Last Updated
Wednesday 19 September 2018, 09:36 am.
Banners
Maternal deaths can be prevented

As reported in yesterday edition of Mmegi, the recent workshop on maternal deaths in Mahalapye had shocking revelations that an estimated 830 out of 100,000 women die annually from preventable maternal deaths worldwide.
By Mmegi Editor Fri 13 Oct 2017, 11:33 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Maternal deaths can be prevented








Rural women were the most affected, and many in the Sub Saharan region.

Even more shocking for Botswana, which is said to be doing badly, coming 44 out of 50 countries surveyed, the country has some of the most skilled manpower such as midwives. The observation is that some pregnant mothers are unable to travel to health facilities because of shortage of transport, making them miss Ante Natal Care as per schedule. The questions that arise from the mismatch of failure to save lives visa vis availability of skilled manpower should make us all wonder what it is we are doing wrong.

Is it the attitude of health professionals towards pregnant women? Is it the attitude of pregnant women towards health workers? Or, could there be a problem of information dissemination to pregnant women. The fact is that majority of midwives are women and they should be at the forefront of giving care and support for fellow women.

Another possibility that the authorities should investigate is the lack of transport for pregnant women to the nearest health facility. Living in rural areas is horrible and there are very limited opportunities for women to make any source of income to have enough money to travel during the entire duration of the pregnancy.

Even if the money is available, there are places

Banners

where public transport is so scarce to a point that a traveller spends hours at a hiking stop before a vehicle passes by. This therefore calls for the government to intensify provision of mobile clinics to make scheduled visits to some settlements. This initiative is applied by other government departments and stakeholders such as Botswana Meat Commission, which makes scheduled visits to purchase cattle; magistrate mobile circuit courts; veterinary services for rabies vaccination, and others. The figures show that the District Health Management Teams need to do more to save lives of pregnant mothers and newborn babies who unfortunately have to pay with their lives. As a middle-income country, Botswana should not be among countries that are unable to prevent maternal deaths, especially that the government spends millions of pula annually to train health professionals among them midwives. We should be far ahead in attaining United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 3 of ‘Good Health and Wellbeing’.

We also need to put more effort in changing attitudes towards each other – patient and nurse to prevent this anomaly. We should also review the training of nurses and emphasise patience, compassion, and empathy. 

Today’s thought 

“Maternal health remains a staggering challenge, particularly in the developing world. Globally, a woman dies from complications in childbirth every minute.” 

 - Jessica Capshaw

Subscribe to our Newsletter
Banners
Banners
Banners


Editorial
Fri 13 Oct 2017, 11:33 am
Thu 12 Oct 2017, 09:01 am
Wed 11 Oct 2017, 11:26 am
Tue 10 Oct 2017, 11:41 am
Fri 06 Oct 2017, 11:16 am
Thu 05 Oct 2017, 18:28 pm
Wed 04 Oct 2017, 17:18 pm
Fri 29 Sep 2017, 08:21 am
Thu 28 Sep 2017, 08:42 am
Wed 27 Sep 2017, 11:45 am
Tue 26 Sep 2017, 11:48 am
Fri 22 Sep 2017, 11:33 am
Thu 21 Sep 2017, 11:46 am
Wed 20 Sep 2017, 11:53 am
Tue 19 Sep 2017, 11:58 am
Fri 15 Sep 2017, 11:10 am
Thu 14 Sep 2017, 11:16 am
Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:22 am
Tue 12 Sep 2017, 11:36 am
Fri 08 Sep 2017, 11:13 am
Thu 07 Sep 2017, 11:04 am
Wed 06 Sep 2017, 11:19 am
Tue 05 Sep 2017, 11:49 am
Fri 01 Sep 2017, 11:18 am
Thu 31 Aug 2017, 11:19 am
Banners
Banners
Exchange Rates
FOREIGN EXCHANGE: Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018
FOREIGN / PULA
PULA / FOREIGN
1 USD = Pula   9.7656
1 GBP = Pula   13.4590
1 EUR = Pula   11.9617
1 YEN = Pula   0.0882
1 ZAR = Pula   0.7938
1 Pula = USD   0.1024
1 Pula = GBP   0.0743
1 Pula = EUR   0.0836
1 Pula = YEN   11.34
1 Pula = ZAR   1.2597
Subscribe to our Newsletter
have a story? Send us a Tip
Banners
  • Previous
    The Predator
    Next
    Masa Centre
    ::: Friday 14 Sep - Thursday 20 Sep :::
    The Predator
    The Nun
    Mile 22
    Crazy Rich Asians
    Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation
  • Previous
    The Nun
    Next
    Riverwalk
    ::: Friday 14 Sep - Thursday 20 Sep :::
    The Nun
    The Predator
    Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation
    The Equalizer 2
  • Previous
    The Meg
    Next
    Gamecity
    ::: Friday 10 Aug - Sunday 07 Aug :::
    The Meg
    Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
    The Predator
    The Nun
    Mile 22
    Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation
    The Equalizer 2
Selefu
Botswana
Banners
Banners
istanbul escort