Health CS Kariuki takes credit for reduced maternal deaths

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Over the past year, maternal deaths in Kenya have reduced by 2000, according to the Cabinet Secretary of Health Sicily Kariuki.

The CS says the decline is due to the current policy change and technical action.

“Maternal mortality indicators in Kenya are improving. Kenya’s policy shift to ensure mothers during pregnancy and postpartum was key to these results,” Ms Kariuki tweeted.

According to a document published by the World Health Organization (WHO), about 830 women die every year from pregnancy and childbirth-related causes. 99 per cent of those deaths occur in developing countries. The number is even higher for those living in the rural and poverty-prone areas.

Those ladies in their adolescent years face a higher risk of maternal death especially due to complications.

To try and combat maternal deaths, there is a Sustainable Development Goal (3) which aims at reducing maternal deaths to less than 70 per cent per 100,000 births.

WHO has partnered with various governments to champion for Universal Health Coverage to reduce maternal deaths.

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