By Ben Musanje
27th April 2021
Maternal mortality is still a big challenge especially among the teenage mothers who contribute approximately 18% of all maternal death, according to the Ministry of Health.
Addressing the media in Kampala on updates about maternal health among Ugandans during Covid-19, the State Minister for Primary Health Care Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu says that teenage pregnancy is also still high at 25% national average but in some regions, it’s at 30% and this has even worsened during COVID-19 pandemic.
She says that the most common direct causes of maternal injury and death remains excessive blood loss during Child Birth, High blood pressure during and after pregnancy, Unsafe abortion especially among the young women is the leading cause of death at 22% and obstructed labour leading to rupture of the uterus.
Kaducu further indicates anaemia, malaria and heart disease as other indirect causes of maternal mortality.
The Minister also reveals bleeding known as Hemorrhage as the leading cause of death contributing 42% of all deaths reviewed and 90% of it is postpartum hemorrhage yet 36% of maternal deaths occurred among young mothers 24 years who should have been in school.