Maternal Health Gets $1 million Boost
Health officials have expressed optimism that the distribution exercise of essential medical equipment worth $1 million in the country’s hospitals will significantly assist to enhance reproductive health services.
The Ministry’ Director of Reproductive Health, Fannie Kachale, told journalists on Thursday in Thyolo that it is pathetic that lack of such items is fueling maternal deaths.
Kachale said the money was bankrolled by Germany government through UNFPA to support pregnant women that were affected by the 2019 Cyclone Idai.
“The money has been used to buy essential medical equipment. The equipment which includes oxygen concentrators, operating theater beds among others have already been distributed to all the central and district hospitals in order to scale up reproductive health services,” said Kachale.
“We know that women are dying of bleeding, infections and high blood pressure. We hope the equipment will improve the situation,” she added.
While commending the Germany Government for the support, Thoyo Acting Director of Health and Social Services, Dr. Dennis Solomoni, said the district is in dire need of scanning and x-ray machines.
Records indicate that Thyolo and Chiradzulu districts have each recorded 13 maternal deaths since July last year.