Govt bemoans ‘risky’ home births

THE Ministry of Health is concerned with continued reports of women especially those in rural areas giving birth in their homes with no health professionals to assist them.

 Lusaka provincial medical officer Kennedy Malama said that the ministry has observed that some women had a tendency of giving birth at home.

Dr. Malama said this practice risked the life of the mother and that of the child for such an environment was not safe for delivery.

He said a home delivery was not as effective as one at a clinic and the lives of both the child and mother were at stake.

He said newly born babies were fragile and needed to be in environments that were safe and where they could not contract any form of disease during and after delivery.

‘‘The environment at home cannot be compared to the one at a health institution because health centres are always the safest place for one to give birth,’’ Dr Malama said.

Dr. Malama also added that the equipment used during a home delivery were not safe for the baby.

He said newly born babies required equipment handled by health experts.

Dr. Malama said mothers should also ensure that they attended antenatal sessions so that they were fully aware of the time to give birth and were prepared for the occasion.

Most people who helped mothers deliver at home were not health experts and did not know how to treat the mother and the newly born baby, hence risking their lives.

‘’As a ministry it is our call to all the mothers out there that they should seek medical care the moment they find out they are pregnant so that when the time to deliver comes they will know and be attended to by professionals in a safe environment,’’ he said.

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