Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Midwives Assistance decrease maternal death in the WC Province

Simamkele Vakaza
04 April 2016

Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo attributed the province’s success in bringing maternal deaths down to the use of more than 700 midwives in the province’s public sector. The Western Cape Maternal mortality significantly lower compared to the national average. 

Speaking at Stellenbosch University to mark International Day of the Midwife yesterday, Mbombo commended the role of midwives in providing quality perinatal healthcare services. About 50 percent of child births in the province was done by midwives.  

Part of the provincial government’s strategy to improve survival rate of both mothers and children was the first 100 days programme. Launched early this year it focuses on a child’s development starting from conception through pregnancy birth and the first two years of life.



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