Eastern Cape Dept of Health lauded for decrease in maternal deaths

AUGUST 7, 2015

Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, on Thursday applauded the Eastern Cape Department of Health for reducing the number of maternal deaths at public clinics and hospitals.

Motsoaledi was speaking to delegates at the 12th annual congress of the Society of Midwives of South Africa (SMSA) in East London.

“Indeed, the Eastern Cape has reduced maternal deaths from 180 per 100 000 women in 2008 to 146 in 2012,” he was quoted in the Daily Dispatch.

“This is a key building block, and that’s exactly what the Eastern Cape did.”

Motsoaledi told the paper that the improvement was due to a change in leadership and governance.

To improve maternal health in South Africa and fulfil MDG 4 and 5, the National Department of Health has also introduced a mobile technology project to easily connect pregnant women to the health system.

The project, MomConnect, supports registered women throughout their pregnancy through stage-based SMSs that are delivered to the women at no cost to her.

It also serves as a platform for the health ministry to monitor poor service at both hospitals and clinics.

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