The Star (Nairobi)

9 February 2013

Kenya: New Device to Reduce ?after-Birth? Bleeding

Cases of maternal hemorrhage are poised to be a thing of the past after medics introduced a new technology to deal with after birth bleeding.

The new technology, Uterine Balloon Tamponade will replace the old system where midwives used their hands to stop the bleeding after birth.

Speaking to the press yesterday Kisumu Medical Trust programme coordinator Sam Owoko said the Balloon Tamponades are a high-impact, non-surgical, proven intervention for stem excessive bleeding after birth.

"In this technology, a balloon like device will be inserted into the Uterus and filled with air and liquid and left for time before the bleeding stops unlike in the past where midwives used their hands to control flow of blood," he said.

Owoko said KMET is working with the University of Massachusetts to study the success of the new technology. He said the study is ongoing in parts of Nyanza province where maternal deaths associated with bleeding are on the rise.

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