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High cases of maternal and neonatal deaths in the country unacceptable-First Lady

Health High cases of maternal and neonatal deaths in the country unacceptable-First Lady

First Lady Esther Lungu (c) greets mothers at the mothers shelter during the Launch of Trade Kings Foundation at the maternity ward in University Hospital yesterday 01-06-2017. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS
First Lady Esther Lungu has bemoaned the high cases of maternal and neonatal deaths in the country.

Mrs. Lungu says it unacceptable that 591 maternal deaths occur per one hundred thousand live births in the country.

The First Lady says while the Ministry of Health has put interventions in place to reduce maternal mortality, there is need for the private sector to get on board and supplement Government’s effort.

Mrs.Lungu was speaking today during the official launch of the Trade Kings Foundation at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka.

The First Lady commended Trade Kings for picking on the mothers Shelter at the Women and New Born Hospital as the first to benefit from the foundation.

Mrs.Lungu said the renovation and upgrading of the ablution facilities in the mothers shelter will contribute in the reduction of mortality rate in the women and new born babies at the Women and New Born Hospital.

And Trade Kings-Zambia Group General Manager Lux Subramaniam said the launch of the foundation is aimed at appreciating Zambians who have supported the company since its inception.

Mr. Subramaniam said the Trade Kings Foundation which is a charitable venture will be used for the company to pay back to the community.


  1. You re right mama Esther ! It’s simply unacceptable and most of the time it’s due to negligence. Get in touch with me I tell you how we can fix this .

  2. It is beneficial to vote on tribal lines. Mrs Lungu today can talk about antenantal deaths at UTH. Balilaba noku laba ati baleoca ifitumbwa kwa Jack.2021 you like it or not kuyabebele. No more dununa reverse to any Zambian who is languishing in poverty.

  3. What has the renovation of ablution blocks got to do with the reduction of maternal deaths madam first lady?? Do you even understand the cause of maternal deaths? Why waste time on lusaka when high maternal deaths are in kalomo nyimba lundazi and mansa…these are the areas where interventions should be a priority..alot of households in the rural areas of the mentioned districts live far from the health facilities and by the time pregnant women try to get to the facility it’s always late..they deliver along the way others from their homes because getting to a health centre is another headache for them..build more health centres and mothers shelters in rural areas and renovate the dilapidated ones there..not wasting money at UTH ba trade kings because maternal and neonatal deaths are high…

  4. in the rural areas..Africare in conjuction with University of Michigan have built mothers shelters in the rural areas of this country same with Zcahrd in conjunction with Boston university..they have supplemented govt efforts and they are helping in the reduction of maternal mortality..so please don’t waste money in urban areas go to the rural and you will appreciate the need those people are crying out for..need I say more

  5. I appreciate the dilemma in zambia healrhcare and in particular the issue raised here, but why is it that at every announcement we are asking for private sector involvement. Maternal, neonatal and healthcare in general are one of the primary responsibities of GOVERNMENT. Let our government focus on providing services that benefit the underpriveleged and disadvantaged in a tangible way.

  6. Mother’s Shelter (MS) not a solution to current problem. Mrs FL is just making a name here. Acquisition of diagnostic tools such as imaging and capacity building of health personnel ,holistic follow up of all pregnant women by community workers to ensure registration and monitoring of pregnancy progress would easily bring down the above figure to below 100. Other measure , punishing of all pregnant women who do not register their pregnancies at 3rd month would bring sanity and order among culprits. In Europe, you get a penalty for not taking your kid for routine medical checkups.
    Hopigng someone is reading and making sense of our positive contributions.

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