Over 100 babies die weekly due to errors


OVER 100 newborn babies are lost in Zambia every week as a result of errors and omissions during labour and delivery while others are lost through stillbirths, Minister of Health Sylvia Masebo has said. Ms Masebo said the country also loses between 10 to 15 women weekly to preventable maternal causes. She said this during the World Patient Safety Day at University Teaching Hospitals (UTH) in Lusaka yesterday. Ms Masebo said the majority of stillbirths, maternal and newborn deaths recorded can be avoided through the provision of safe and quality care by skilled health professionals.
“This can only be achieved through the engagement of all stakeholders and the adoption of comprehensive health systems and community-based approaches. “Patient safety is fundamental to delivering quality essential health services. Indeed, there is a clear consensus that quality health services across all regions of the country should be effective, safe and people-centred,” Ms Masebo said. The minister called on health personnel to appreciate the benefits of quality health care to save lives. And UTH Children’s Hospital is currently owing local pharmaceuticals over K3 million for drugs supplied in 2019 and the institution only received three monthly grants from Government in that year. Hospital senior medical superintendent Musaku Mwenechanya said this when Ms Masebo toured the institution to appreciate the services being offered. “From that year, we still had several months where Government did not give us grants but we had pharmaceutical companies that  CLICK TO READ MORE

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