Healthcare delays killed 68 mothers last year, officials reveal

FRANCISTOWN: Sixty-eight women died last year due to delays in receiving maternal health care, participants at a health conference held here were told on Monday.

Midwife and Maternal Mortality Reduction Initiative co-ordinator for Ngami and Chobe regions, Eva Lephirimile, said of the various service delivery factors responsible for maternal deaths, delays in providing service were to blame for 77 percent of maternal deaths.

“Other leading factors were health care provider’s lack of skill, absence of emergency triage, poor monitoring, poor documentation, stock outs and delayed referral.

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A woman’s right to choose: Or is it?

Here in Botswana, we have many single-parent households, mostly female-led, so what does that suggest? That some fathers choose to ditch the responsibility of caring for their children and leave them to the ones who carry them during pregnancy to do the heavy lifting.Of course, in other dynamics, there are instances where the father wants to keep the baby and the would-be mother does not want to, hence the saying ‘whose body is it anyway’.In...

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