Safe Motherhood Day Taken to Mukono

Ministry of Health in partnership with United Nation Population Fund are set to celebrate this year’s Safe Motherhood Day that will be on the 17th of October in Mukono district.

The minister of state for primary health care Hon. Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu on Thursday revealed that the occasion will be graced by the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataha Museveni, advice who will also deliver the keynote address on fighting maternal mortality in the country.

While addressing the media at the ministry of health offices, Minister Moriku said that this year’s celebrations will be themed, “Expanding opportunities for adolescent health services, end maternal mortality.”

‘’This year’s theme is aimed to take stock of efforts towards expanding opportunities for the adolescent health and maternal health services in the country and also draw attention of stakeholders to renew their commitments to the  improvement of adolescent health and the community to play its role’’

In Uganda according to studies, 24 percent of girls aged 15 to 19 are already mothers or pregnant with their first children, which implies that 1 in 4 girls are pregnant or mothers yet adolescent girls are most likely to suffer complications. In fact they are likely to die during pregnancy for they contribute 50 percent to maternal mortality.

The minister expressed government commitment to ensure that the quality of maternal health services is improved.

On the Safe Motherhood Day, young people will be provided with appropriate sexual and reproductive health services, training services, peer education and sensitization of being mothers.

There will be film vans in Mukono district to create awareness on benefits of preventing teenage pregnancy and safe motherhood concerns including fistula. The ministries, health workers and communities are urged to take part in this good cause.



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