22 January 2013

Kenya: No Mother Deaths During Birth Since 2010 - Moi Hospital

Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital has not had any deaths among antenatal clients for the last three years, hospital director John Kibosia has revealed.

Speaking on Friday during the closing ceremony of the 2nd Pan African Regional Workshop on Women's Health and Development in Eldoret, Kibosia said the hospital is keen on addressing issues pertaining to maternal morbidity and mortality.

He said the hospital has established measures to help address various challenges posed by patients.. "We have observed that during labour, the big five killers are; haemorrhage or excessive bleeding, abortion, abortion related deaths, infections and hypertension," he said.

He said there is need to invest in women's health and development by creating awareness, education and economic empowerment so as to reduce deaths.\

He said statistics from the health sector indicate the ratio of maternal mortality is 44 to 100,000 lives births. Kibosia also said that the hospital's centre for assault has attended to 4,383 cases of sexual and gender based violence in the last five years. He said most of the cases involved children at 53 per cent then women at 37 per cent and men at 10 per cent.

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