Kenya: 700,000 Women Die Annually in Isiolo While Giving Birth

Seven hundred women out of 100,000 die while giving birth in Isiolo County annually, an official has said.

While flagging off a caravan for a road show to mobilize residents for Wednesday’s World Breast Feeding launch at the Isiolo Referral Hospital, county health executive Aisha Abdi said measures have been put in place to reverse the trend.

Ms Abdi said her department has strengthened referral systems in rural areas to allow mothers to give birth in health facilities.

Skilled deliveries in vast areas within the county are said to have increased following introduction of the ‘mama’s kit’ initiative where mothers are given incentives for them to give birth in hospitals.

Ms Abdi also noted that community health assistants recently employed by the county government are working together with traditional birth attendants in villages to reduce infant mortality rate.

Mothers in Isiolo were also accused of failing to breastfeed their children hence increasing the number of deaths.

“This is a trend that we want to reverse. We also want to sensitise our mothers on exclusively breastfeeding their children to curb diseases and deaths in Isiolo,” said the health executive.

She added that a theatre will be commissioned next month in Merti to curb the worrying trend.

Source: The Nation.