Maternal care and child immunisation are managed by nurses

Statistics from Pumwani Maternity Hospital indicate that on average, 500 women attend ante-natal clinics every month. When the nurses strike began in June, the number dropped to 178. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • To get a clearer picture, let us look at the 2016 figures captured by DHIS2, which  indicate that 964 women died in childbirth last year.
  • If, as the source indicated, this represents 10 per cent of maternal deaths, then extrapolating it to 100 per cent means the actual figure is 9,640, which translates to  about 26 maternal deaths daily. 

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