DARLINGTON MWENDABAI, Chipata
EASTERN Province has recorded 47 maternal deaths in the last seven months due to various complications.
Eastern Province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo said the provincial administration is worried with the continued loss of pregnant women’s lives.
Mr Kasolo said the province lost 92 mothers in 2016 with 47 maternal deaths recorded this year.
He said this in a speech read for him by Chadiza district commissioner George Phiri during the opening of a one-day provincial epidemic preparedness prevention control and management meeting in Chipata recently.
“As at August 4, 2017, the province recorded a total cumulative number of 47 maternal deaths. We cannot allow this to continue. We must found a solution now,” he said.
Mr Kasolo said the province also recorded seven deaths through dog bites out of 996 cases from January- to August this year.
He said there is need to step up efforts to prevent further loss of lives through dog bites.
He also said malaria has remained one of the major health public challenges where the province recorded 377 per 1,000 population in 2015 to 433 per 1,000 in 2016.
He said malaria case fatality stood at 27 per 1,000 population by 2016 while in the first quarter of 2017, the province recorded 221, 513 malaria cases.
Mr Kasolo said to mitigate the problem Government will distribute 1.2 million long lasting insecticide treated nets in the province this year.
He said the country has committed itself to eliminate malaria by 2021 and called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders.
Mr Kasolo said the province also recorded 5,539 suspected dysentery cases but no death was reported.
He said none of the districts recorded any case of cholera outbreak during the period under review and commended the residents for maintaining high hygienic standards.
He also showered accolades on Chipata and Petauke districts for effectively managing street vending and urged the rest of the districts to emulate the two districts.