Poor quality, bane of maternal health Globally-New Lancet study.
A study by The Lancet Series, reports a widening gap in maternal health care globally for women across rich and poor countries, including the United States of America that can lead to poor health and even death.
The study which focuses on unequal access and low quality of maternal health care hampering progress towards achieving the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, warns against poor quality care with rising rates of over-medicalization, too few trained staff or basic resources in many regions. The 2016 Lancet Series which presents a truly global perspective – reporting on experiences from across all regions of the world – shows that for women utilizing maternal health services, some receive excellent care but too many experience one of two extremes.
The global study captures experiences of how women in low-, middle-, and high-income countries, continue to receive extreme maternal care that is either “too little, too late” or “too much, too soon”, both of which can have harmful effects for women and their newborns.
The findings observed that despite the progress that’s been made in reducing the rates of worldwide maternal deaths by nearly half since 1990, some women have been left out of this shift and are still receiving no care at all.
It noted that with 210 million women becoming pregnant and the delivery of 140 million newborn babies each year, it is urgent to improve the quality of care and reduce disparities in access, so securing future economic and social development and supporting the vision of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health.
According to the study, in sub-Saharan Africa, a woman’s lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy or childbirth remains an astounding 1 in 36 compared with 1 in 4,900 in high-income countries.
The study observed that “too much, too soon” care is rapidly becoming more common in low- and middle-income countries – leading to an increase in health costs and risk of harm to mothers and newborns, noting that for instance, 40.5 percent of all births in Latin America and the Caribbean are now by Caesarean Section.
Number of Diarrhea disease cases growing in Sudan.
Medical cadres have disclosed to reporters in Ed Damazin that the death toll of diarrhea diseases in Blue Nile state has reportedly risen to 23. In eastern Sudan two people are dying each day since mid-August. In El Gezira six people died of the disease last week.
At least 628 people are suffering from diarrhea diseases in Blue Nile state, medical cadres told reporters in Ed Damazin on Sunday. The disease is rampant in Blue Nile state.
The authorities have turned the El Damazin localities Legislative Council building into a hospital to receive the increasing number of patients. Most of the cases come from El Roseires, Ganeis, northern El Kurmuk, and Abu Gumi. MP Abdeljalil Abdelsayed Hakim confirmed that the hospitals in Ed Damazin and El Roseires are still receiving large numbers of new patients.
However, the secretary of state of the federal Health Ministry reported in Khartoum on Sunday that the number of watery diarrhea cases in Blue Nile state has begun to decrease, “as a result of the deployment of 200 technicians to ensure the safety of drinking water sources”.
A survey conducted by doctors of the Democratic Unionist Party in Blue Nile, Sennar, and Kassala, points to the high mortality rates owing to diarrhea among children and the elderly in the three states. Two people are dying daily since mid-August. At least 2,345 people suffer from acute diarrhea.
In a statement, the doctors’ group classified Blue Nile state as “a region entirely infested with cholera”. They further accused the Sudanese government of covering up the epidemic. They demanded the authorities to declare the State of Emergency in eastern Sudan.
Foundation seeks end to stigmatization of Polio victim.
During the launch of Living with and Managing Polio (LIMP) foundation, the founder of the foundation, Mr. Uche Nwaneri, has called for an end to the stigmatization of polio victims in the country.
Speaking during the launch of the foundation in Abuja, he said that polio victims were not easily given good jobs in the country because of their disability.
Nwaneri, has said that it was time polio victims as well as other persons with disabilities were given their rightful places as is done in other parts of the world, flayed the delay in the passage of the bill protecting the rights of persons with disabilities, saying that its delay was increasing the trauma and stigmatization they lived with.
He explained that in other parts of the world, whenever any public structure was being built such as banks, shopping malls amongst others, provisions were made available for easy movement and access for them but in Nigeria, no such provisions were made, thus making life traumatic and a struggle for them.
A victim of polio himself, Nwaneri has been a broadcaster for 21 years and said he had gone through a lot to attain his position, and felt the need to stand in the gap for others who were facing challenge
On the resurgent cases of polio in Nigeria, he said the Government relaxed on its efforts after recording success, noting that the effort ought to be a continuous one.
He said the foundation will also set up chapters in the state to ensure the advocacy message gets to the states and also hold a 20 meters walk on October 1 to create awareness on the disease.
Another polio victim, Barrister Ihekwoaba Paul, said people living with polio and other disabilities face lots of stigmatization and neglect in the country.
He called on human rights activists to lend their voices to the plight of polio victims and help urge the law makers to pass the disability bill into law.
Sports administrator and concerned citizen, Ahmed Shuaibu-Gara Gombe, has also said that during sporting events, people with disabilities often perform well and bring back medals thus underscoring the need to give them opportunities in the society.
School pregnancies hit Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania.
The scourge of school pregnancies has hit Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania with reports saying that 238 of primary and secondary school pupils and students have been impregnated between January to August this year.
Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner (RC) Saidi Mecki Sadiki has ordered medical check-up for all primary and secondary girl students to determine their health status as far as pregnancies are concerned.
He said the situation is worse in Rombo District which has the highest number of pregnant girls numbering 60 followed by same with 50.
He attributed the situation to lack of cooperation between parents and law enforcement agencies such as the police force. He made the remarks at a ceremony to award certificates to 34 police officers who had excelled in the performance of their duties here from January to August.
He urges the police officers to continue working hard by sticking to their professionalism code of conduct. “You should be a catalyst to all police officers to work hard in ensuring that Kilimanjaro is safe and that citizens get their rights in accordance with the country’s Constitution.
The Kilimanjaro Regional Police Commander (RPC),Wilbraod Mutafungwa police have tightened security at borders posts to curb smuggling of goods and human trafficking.