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Lira District Leaders Bothered by Rising Infant, Maternal Mortality Rates

This is more than double the number of deaths that were reported in the 2018/2019 financial year according to findings published in the National Annual Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response Report 2019/2020.

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Authorities in Lira district have expressed concern over the increasing cases of maternal and perinatal mortality in the area. There were 443 infant deaths and 26 cases of maternal deaths across the district within a period of six months, mostly as a result of complications during delivery.

This is more than double the number of deaths that were reported in the 2018/2019 financial year according to findings published in the National Annual Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response Report 2019/2020.

Lira acting District Health Officer Dr Edmond Acheka attributes the child maternal death to failure of pregnant women to attend antenatal services and some traditional birth attendants who are illegally offering services in the villages.

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Christine Anono, the Lira District Community Development Officer called for a need to empower women in health education so that the child maternal death is curtailed. She added that there is a need for teamwork to ensure that all pregnant mothers deliver from health facilities.

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Alex Oremo Alot, the Lira District chairperson, pledged to increase the budget for family planning services in the 2021/2022 Financial Year budget from 5 million to 7 million Shillings. 

“I appeal to the parents to always engage their teenagers in matters of sexuality by opening up discussions with them on the dangers of early pregnancies and encouraging them to prioritize education,” Oremo said.

According to the 2016 Uganda Demographic Health Survey, 16 mothers in Uganda die every day, four out of every ten mothers being adolescents. The survey also indicates that the number of maternal deaths in the country has increased by 99 from 1,083 in the 2018/2019 financial year to 1,182 in the 2019/2020 financial year.    

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