Over 180 women died from pregnancy related complications in 2014 alone the Ministry of Health has revealed.
Lusaka Province Medical Officer Kennedy Malama said there was grave concern over the high maternal mortality rate resulting from pregnancy related and non-related complications in the country with Lusaka topping the list with 185 deaths.
Dr Malama said Zambia recorded an overall total of 740 maternal deaths last year, with Lusaka Province recording the highest. He made the revelation during the second Provincial Maternal Death Surveillance and Response meeting held in Lusaka .
“There is need to strengthen district and provincial approach to maternal death surveillance and develop response measures in order to address the scourge.
“In Lusaka, we have already recorded up to 81 deaths between January and June this year, which is too high on its own as a province,” he said.
He explained that most deaths were as a result of failure to attend antenatal care services which lead to multi complications including malaria, heart problems among leading causes of deaths.
And University Teaching Hospital (UTH) consultant obstetrics and gynecologist Dr Yusuf Ahmed said most of the deaths were caused by non obstetric complications such as malaria, cardiac arrest and HIV/AIDS.
He said lack of consistence in attending medical checkups during pregnancy had contributed to the high death in Lusaka.
And Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary Stardy Mwale said it was sad that the Province recorded the highest maternal deaths, which situation should not be allowed to continue.