Karamoja Minister Says Maternal Mortality Rate Down

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In short
According to Janet Museveni, there has been a 2/3 reduction in maternal mortality in Karamoja region. She attributes the reduction to the intervention by United Nations Population Fund-UNFPA.

There has been a tremendous reduction in maternal mortality in Karamoja region in the past five years, the Minister for Karamoja, Janet Museveni has revealed.

 
According to Janet Museveni, there has been a 2/3 reduction in maternal mortality in Karamoja region. She attributes the reduction to the intervention by United Nations Population Fund-UNFPA.
 

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She called on the community leaders to play their roles, saying the death of mothers and their newly born babies leads to serious consequences for the country if not addressed.
 

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Janet Museveni said most mothers resort to traditional birth attendants because they are not aware of the dangers they face.

 
The first lady who was commissioning 90 midwives from Karamoja, Busoga and South Western regions at Napak state lodge encouraged them to work hard, saying they have the full support of government to save live.
 

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According to statistics availed by United Nations Population Fund-UNFPA, maternal mortality rate in Uganda has reduced by 50 percent between 1990 to 2015 from 687 per every 100,000 to 343 live birth.

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.