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Maternal health should be in Uhuru’s Four priority list

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Maternal health should be in Uhuru’s Four priority list

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Kenya has made remarkable steps in improving the maternal health of its women and in reducing maternal mortality rates in the last decade. According to the Kenya demographic health survey 2014, Kenya’s maternal mortality stands at 362 deaths per 100,000 live births a decline from 520 deaths per 100,000 live births during 2008/2009. Six out of ten pregnant women can now receive skilled care during childbirth and over half of pregnant women do get postnatal care.

However, despite these remarkable gains made, many women continue to suffer or die from conditions which are preventable or treatable. In Kenya a woman dies after every two hours during pregnancy or childbirth (UNFPA Kenya). Access to maternal health care services is still a challenge across all levels of care in both urban and rural areas. We can continue to reduce chances of maternal deaths by addressing access to quality maternal and reproductive health care services and information.

It is clear that a lot still needs to be done by both county and national government to eliminate all preventable maternal deaths and improve health outcomes in this country in order to realize the goals of vision 2030 and the constitution (article 43-1a) which clearly articulates for the right for health including reproductive health. Improving coverage and access to quality maternal and reproductive health care services must be a priority for both county and national government.

Childbirth should be happy moment for families and communities not misery. No woman should die while giving life or birth. We must ensure all childbirth are safe. Good maternal and reproductive health is every woman’s right. Nothing should be as important to a nation than the health of its women because healthy women are the backbone of their families and communities.

By Michael Okun Oliech


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