A total of 143 maternal deaths were recorded throughout Zimbabwe over the period January to July 2018 owing various maternal related complications.
By Michael Gwarisa
According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in July, six maternal mortality cases were reported during the week ending 14 July 2019.
This brings the total number of people who have died of maternal mortality to 143 so far this year. The deaths were reported from Northern District (1), Harare Central Hospital (2), Chitungwiza Central Hospital (1) in Harare Province, UBH (1) in Bulawayo Province and Makonde District (1) in Mashonaland West Province,” said Ministry of Health.
According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Zimbabwe loses 2,400 women to maternal deaths every year, owing to numerous factors ranging from unavailability of resources, health personnel negligence and poverty.
30 percent of maternal of deaths linked to abortions as young women and women in general engage in backyard abortions due to the legal environment which makes it difficult for women to access abortion services without any hindrances.