Death rate of stillborn babies still high in Mwanza -report

02Jul 2020
The Guardian
Death rate of stillborn babies still high in Mwanza -report

​​​​​​​THE Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children in collaboration with Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) at Bugando Referral Hospital in Mwanza Region has registered 163 deaths of stillborn babies for the year 2018/19 following research-

-conducted in Misungwi and Nyamagana Districts.

This was revealed mid this week by the Coordinator of Medical Treatment from the Ministry of Health Veronica Mpazi at the research stakeholders’ meeting on deaths of stillborn babies held at St Dominic Nyakahoja in Mwanza City.

"The ministry, in collaboration with CUHAS started researching on the cause of deaths to stillborn babies since 2018 in the two districts, which revealed that out of every 1,000 babies born, 163 die while stillborn,” Mpazi said.

"In addition national statistics show that out of every 1,000 babies born 29 die while stillborn, hence the ministry has embarked on medical inquiries in big regional hospitals, including those at Dodoma, Morogoro, Shinyanga, Singida, Amana and Benjamini Mkapa Hospital,” she said.

She said there are inadequacies due to poor service to pregnant women when they lose their babies in this way, including mental depression.

CUHAS Head in the Faculty of Medicine Dr Rose Mjawa said the research aims to prevent such deaths in the country, the issue that seems to be forgotten.

She said one cause for deaths of stillborn babies include delay in taking decision to go the health centres, patriarchy on the part of the head of the family, diseases, travelling challenges and lack of special equipment for delivery at health centres.

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