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HIV Infections On The Rise Amongst Pregnant Women

HIV Infections On The Rise Amongst Pregnant Women

Concerns and fears have arisen over the gradual spike in the number of women that have tested positive to Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in Lagos State. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, recently disclosed that at least 2, 131 pregnant women have tested positive to HIV, while 3, 876 […]

Pregnancy In Nairobi Is Dangerous And Exhausting

Pregnancy In Nairobi Is Dangerous And Exhausting

In 2013, Debra Adhiambo, 35, then four weeks pregnant, booked an appointment with a popular gynaecologist based at one of the private hospitals in Nairobi. He had been highly recommended by several friends, and since she wanted to get the best treatment, she decided to consult him. “A couple of months before this, I had […]

Maternal Mortality Rate Drops By 20 Percent In South Africa

Maternal Mortality Rate Drops By 20 Percent In South Africa

But will South Africa be able to get this figure down further — in time to achieve its sustainable development goal in 2030? South Africa has slashed its maternal mortality death ratios in public health hospitals by almost a third (29%) within seven years. Between 2009 and 2016, institutional maternal death ratios decreased from 189 […]

Antenatal Care Will Help Nigeria Curb High Infant And Maternal Mortality

Antenatal Care Will Help Nigeria Curb High Infant And Maternal Mortality

Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have called for increased attendance to Antenatal care by pregnant women to reduce the high rate of infant and maternal mortality in the country. The experts made the call at a presentation of four books entitled ‘ ‘Step by Step Approach to Obstetrics and Gynaecological Ultrasonography’, ‘Bullet Point Answers to Exam Questions […]

Pregnant Women Warned Against Baby Skin Bleaching Pills

Pregnant Women Warned Against Baby Skin Bleaching Pills

Women in Ghana have been warned against a growing trend for taking pills during pregnancy to lighten the skin of their unborn babies while they are still in the womb. Medical experts say these illegal drugs can cause birth defects, including damage to limbs and internal organs.  Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says using […]

Malawi Tackles Delivery Crisis As Pregnant Women Die During Childbirth

Malawi Tackles Delivery Crisis As Pregnant Women Die During Childbirth

Despite campaigns by different stakeholders on safe motherhood initiatives, Chitipa District Council has registered 65 home deliveries and nine deaths of pregnant women in six months. Chitipa District Hospital matron, Grace Chamdimba said hat deliveries and deaths occurred during the first half of 2017 to 2018 financial year. Chamdimba was speaking during community awareness campaign […]

Five Pregnant Women Sexually Assaulted By Lay Counsellor

Five Pregnant Women  Sexually Assaulted By Lay Counsellor

A 45-year-old male lay counsellor has been accused of sexually assaulting five pregnant women at Cato Manor Community Health Centre in Mayville, Durban, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health said on Thursday. It is alleged that the women had been discussing how the lay counsellor had touched their genitals during their individual consultations with him, when […]

Pregnant Mothers Dying In DRC Ethnic Conflicts

Pregnant Mothers Dying In DRC Ethnic Conflicts

 PREGNANT women in regions torn apart by ethnic clashes are dying during delivery as conflicts make hospitals inaccessible. At least three women have died in Kabeké in the southeastern Tanganyika Province. The region is affected by long-running conflicts between the Twa and Bantu communities. About 3 000 people live in this locality. As conflicts and […]

Scarcity Of Blood Affects Pregnant Women In Gombe

Scarcity Of Blood Affects Pregnant Women In Gombe

Many pregnant women at childbirth as well as accident victims often need blood to pull through, however, blood scarcity in Gombe state hospitals continues to take huge human tolls in the state. Chuwang Dung writes on the challenges expectant mothers in Gombe State face when they need blood. ltungo and Biliri, two major towns in […]

Tanzania: State Pushes To Boost Maternal Health Services

Tanzania: State Pushes To Boost Maternal Health Services

At least 100 health centres across the country are set to offer surgery services to pregnant women by December, 2017. That was said by Minister for Health, Community, Development, Gender, Elders and Children, Ms Ummy Mwalimu, in Parliament yesterday, adding that opening of the said health centres will help to boost health services to pregnant […]

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