Zambia has announced that it would improve on maternal health services to end preventable deaths, sources said Saturday. Health Minister Joseph Kasonde expressed regrets that public health institutions in the country were unable to cope with the high demand for maternal and neo natal health services.
A study recently commissioned by the Zambia Medical Association (ZMA), the umbrella professional grouping for medical doctors in the country, has shown that 20 mothers gave birth daily on the floor of the country’s largest hospital, the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) due to the lack of beds.
Kasonde said the findings from ZAM were a wakeup call for government to address the problem of bed spaces for mothers in labour in government hospitals.
He said the ministry’s first priority will be to increase bed spaces not only at the UTH but also surrounding hospitals and clinics in the capital and then roll out to other towns and districts.
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