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Maternal death reduced from 2000-700-WHO

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti Addressing Doctors and students at Juba Teaching Hospital (Photo by Sheila Ponnie)

By Sheila Ponnie

The health service has improved following the reduction of the maternal death from 2000 to 700 this year according to the Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation.

Speaking to Journalists during the press conference on her first visit to South Sudan, World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti said that the health system has greatly improved.

She described it as “a radically dramatic” system that laid basic health capacity to deliver heath care.

“We take the example of maternal mortality which was one of the highest causes maternal death in the world over two thousand (2000) per thousand (1000) live births. We observed that this has been reduced now to 7000 live births in a number of years under a decade. This is really a dramatic achievement I think that deserves to be noted,” Dr. Moeti said.

Dr. Moeti added that the Boma initiative that has been put in place is a very solid strategy and foundation because it encompasses all, making sure that from community levels right up to the central and referral.

“The system is in place that will progressively provide the preventive and treatment servers that the population needs both to have good quality life promoters by being knowledgeable themselves.  I think that is part of what is meant to happen at a basic community level,” she said.

She has come to South Sudan at a moment when the country has signed a revitalized peace agreement and hopes it lasts to bring an end to the citizens’ untold suffering.



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