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Maternal mortality rate drops but Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are not met

It is very sad when a woman dies in the course of pregnancy or during childbirth. Sometimes too, it is both the mother and the infant who are lost due to pregnancy-related complications. The psychological trauma endured by family members is unbearable and no person should have to go through that pain. 

It is good news that the rate at which women die due to pregnancy-related conditions is on the decline. Referring to the data on the UNICEF website, the maternal mortality rate has been declining since the year 2000 where 484 deaths per 100,000 live births were recorded. The last data input was in the year 2017 where 308 deaths were recorded per 100,000 live births. This represents a 36.4% decrease in maternal mortality. 

This decrease is largely attributable to the government's effort to establish Community Health-Based Planning Service (CHPS) compounds in the various communities for easy access to health care. The employment of community health nurses into these facilities to take care of our pregnant women. The other factor to look at is the intensification of education and counseling of pregnant women and the general public on the importance of antenatal visits. Through antenatal visits, health care workers can determine if your pregnancy is high risk. If it is, then they plan special care with you to avoid foreseen complications before, during, and after childbirth. 

Although this decline in maternal mortality rate is good news, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have not been met yet. The goal is to reduce the maternal mortality rate to 70 deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030.

This calls for more to be done by the government, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), the general public, doctors, nurses and midwives, and all other stakeholders to drastically reduce maternal mortality to meet the SDGs. 

My advice to all women is to make sure they keep to their antenatal appointments when they get pregnant to aid in the successful delivery of their babies. To all husbands, be their reminders and the support that the women need in pregnancy. 

Thank you. 

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