539 Maternal Mortality Death

By Ayodele Deen Cole

The number of maternal death across the country is increasing on a daily basis and is becoming a serious health concern in the country.

Presently, data available from the World Health organisation showed that for this year alone five hundred and thirty nine women have suffered from this concern in all PHU nationwide. Despite the introduction of the free health care initiative by the government, people are finding it very hard to report cases of maternal mortality to health authorities nationwide.

Speaking to this press, the Country Director of WHO, Sierra Leone, Anders Noordstrom said that since the end of the Ebola outbreak in the country, they have been working with the government on getting child mortality case down, as the country now has one of the highest number in the world. According to him, over thirty thousand women and children die every year from this health problem. He continued that they are now working to get the right strategy to reduce the high numbers of maternal death by training people, making sure that there is good and reliable data “to know where we are, whether we are making progress and also to make sure that government interventions are rolled out nationwide both on the resilience zero and also on saving the lives of women.”

The WHO Country Director continued that although they have some data on maternal and child health, but that the data is very old to analyze the present trend. He said that the available data showed that the country is having a very serious health problem that needs urgent attention, adding that records showed that around two thousand and five women are dying every year from maternal death, especially on child deliveries. This figure is one of the highest in the world. He continued that WHO and the government are now trying to know where are these women dying, adding that they are now beginning to get some data but not been able to actually capturing all the data.

He added that all of these reported death are now being investigated by the government and other health authorities so that they can learn and improve on their strategy. However, he noted that there are some deaths that they are not aware about as some people are not reporting because they are afraid.

The WHO boss called on health authorities to think about using the 117 emergency phone-line to report maternal death cases and any other emergency service for pregnant and lactating mothers, as the MOHS now has an ambulance service in place for that nationwide.

The Exclusive tried to get the response of the Chief Medical Officer but he could not be reached as at press time.