Homabay Where Traditional Birth Attendants Rule
In 2005, the government started a health insurance scheme to enable poor women access maternal care in a bid to reduce the high mortality rates then skyrocketing, seven years down the line, little seems to have been achieved. Traditional birth attendants are on the rise and the number of women delivering in hospitals is a pale shadow and a sharp contrast to the high number that attend maternal care. Bribes, poorly trained medical staff, lack of medical care for pregnant women and health facilities’ directive to women to buy consumables needed before delivery have conspired to send women away from the hospital, away from safe delivery and subsequently negating government plans to reduce maternal mortality.
Source: The Star, Pg. 34
Date: Friday, 03 Aug 2012
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