MATERNAL and child mortality rate has tremendously dropped in Lusaka over the last couple of years, Lusaka provincial medical officer Kennedy Malama has said.

Dr. Malama told the Daily Nation in an interview that it was gratifying to note the province’s maternal and child mortality rate had fallen by nearly 30 percent.

He said the number had reduced from 185 in 2014 to 148 in 2015.

“Maternal and child mortality rate has continued to reduce in the province; we hope that this will not stop till we reach our dream of ending such pregnancy-related deaths,” he said.

Dr. Malama said his office was committed to reducing child and maternal mortality in the province.

He attributed the reduction to the increased sensitization among expecting mothers and training of birth attendants in ensuring that they make babies breathe soon after birth.

He said the province’s medical office had been sensitizing pregnant women on the importance of attending antenatal care services at an early stage of pregnancy.

Dr. Malama said traditional birth attendants were also trained to care for the babies up to 48 hours from birth.

“Lusaka Province has been seen as one of the provinces which has made significant progress in maternal life-saving interventions, and my office will endeavour to see that such deaths are completely reduced in the province.

“We have scaled up our sensitization among pregnant women and advising them to go for antenatal as soon as they realise they are pregnant. We have also held workshops to train traditional birth attendants because we feel they also play an important role,” he said.

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