Gambia strives to reduce maternal mortality

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Chief Executive Officer of Kanifing General Hospital has said that The Gambia is striving hard to reduce maternal mortality even though it is very difficult to control.

During an interview with The Point at his office last week, Kebba Manneh said maternal mortality is now reducing and the rate countrywide is 443 and 100,000 live births with a global target to reduce it by 70 percent in 2030.

Mr. Manneh said it would take time before maternal mortality is completely eradicated in the country because it has to go with resources including human, material and infrastructure.

“We also conduct periodic reviews where we invite all stakeholders (those who are referred to this hospital) because we have different health centers and private health facilities that refer patients to this hospital. Every six months, we review the death rates within the period.”

He said maternal mortality is complex and multi-faceted and it is connected from communities to health facilities. “Maternal mortality is normally caused by delays. The first delay happens in the community because in most of the time, they said the man has to decide before the woman goes to the hospital or health center to seek for health care. So that decision is sometimes late and before it is taken, some complications would happen.”

Mr. Manneh said the Second delay occurs when the mother goes to the health center and it would take time before the nurses or doctors attend to her.

The third delay, he divulged occurs when the woman comes to the hospital and could not be attended to on time because the doctor maybe busy on another patient.

He said there are also direct causes of maternal mortality including bleeding and high blood pressure.

CEO Manneh said maternal mortality is common in the provinces where special skill services are limited, compared to the urban settlement where there are many hospitals and health facilities. 

Author: Njie Baldeh