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Zambia: Rising maternity deaths at KGH requires investigation, urges ex-district commissioner


Devdiscourse News Desk lusaka Zambia
Updated: 13-02-2019 16:55 IST
Zambia: Rising maternity deaths at KGH requires investigation, urges ex-district commissioner

The women said that if no action is taken to address the escalating cases of maternal deaths, they will prefer to carry out a peaceful protest on International Women’s Day on March 8. Image Credit: Flickr / World Vision Artist Associates Follow

Kafue General Hospital recorded three maternal deaths between Monday and Thursday last week. Some women have urged for an investigation in the increasing cases of maternal deaths at Kafue General Hospital. They have alleged that the Institution may be using students instead of trained health personnel to attend to patients.

The women said that if no action is taken to address the escalating cases of maternal deaths, they will prefer to carry out a peaceful protest on International Women's Day on March 8. According to Grace Ngulube, former Kafue District Commissioner, the probe into the death of the three women who died while giving birth at Kafue General Hospital is mandatory. She accused the hospital administration of negligence and utilizing students on attachment to undertake critical medical operations, as reported by Lusaka Times.

"Recording three maternal deaths at Kafue General Hospital in four days is so alarming, and calls for a very serious probe to ascertain the causes of these deaths. As women we believe something is wrong, we implore Dr. Chilufya to take keen interest in this report so that collective measures could be put in place to curb loss of lives at Kafue General Hospital," Grace Ngulube said while reminding Zambia's Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya's comment that no woman should die while giving birth.

COUNTRY : Zambia

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