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Promotion of women’s health elates chief

CHIKANKATA District medical officer Keith Mweebo is pleased that Zambia is among countries using the World Health Organisation (WHO) strategy – ‘Three Delays Model’.
This recognises the different barriers women face in achieving timely and effective medical care to prevent deaths occurring in pregnancy and childbirth. It identifies three factors which may stop women and girls from accessing the levels of maternal health care they need.
These factors lead to delays in making decisions to seek care, in accessing health facilities and in receiving adequate health care.
Dr Mweebo said in an interview in Kafue Gorge recently “We are implementing a WHO model to reducing maternal mortality in developing countries”.
The medical officer said since 2000 the country has been working towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly goal number five which talks about reduce by three quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio and achieving, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health.
“The ‘Three Delays Model’ seeks to address the delay of women seeking health. We do not want to lose a life, hence the need for our expectant mothers to come to the health facility in time,” he said
Dr Mweebo said the second delay is the delay in accessing care, adding that a woman who lives 20 kilometres away should also be able to walk and reach the health facility in time.
He said all women need access to antenatal care in pregnancy, skilled care during childbirth, and care and support in the weeks after childbirth.
Dr Mweebo also commended ZESCO Limited for constructing a modern mother’s shelter at Kafue Gorge Community Hospital, a facility meant to accommodate persons nursing their sick relatives at the hospital.

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