Govt embarks on plans to curb maternal mortality

21Oct 2021
The Guardian
Govt embarks on plans to curb maternal mortality

THE government has begun implementing plans to control maternal mortality by improving health centres in urban and rural areas as well as investing in research to find out their health status.

Dr Dorothy Gwajima.

The remarks were made yesterday by Dr Dorothy Gwajima, the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children at the launching of the Research Training on Maternal Health and Malaria Symptoms for 2021/22 held at Moshi Co-operative University.

She said the researches will be conducted countrywide in recognition of actual status of mothers and children in order to invest in a nation of healthier people for the country’s economic growth.

"The health sector has been mentioned to be growing at 4.8 per cent and contribute 8.3 per cent to the national income, hence the ministry will make sure it invests in researches and end child deaths for the growth of the nation,” she added.

The minister called on the households that would be visited by research officials on maternal health to provide the right information to assist the government in its development plans.

Dr Gwajima added that if the correct information is provided, the government would be able to have the correct statistics to spur development in the health sector.

For her part, the government’s chief statistician, Dr Albina Chuwa said the research will also involve the collection of data on women and men subjected to violence in the community.

"Apart from the gender based violence, the researches will also show the state of malnutrition, especially in most affected regions.

Welcoming the minister in the region, Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner Stephen Kagaigai said all those who will receive the training should use it carefully for the country’s positive transformation.

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