Sunday, 11 July 2010

Traditional birth attendants blamed for maternal deaths

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

TRADITIONAL birth attendants in Mwanza Region are responsible for over 30 per cent of maternal deaths, the Regional Medical Officer, Dr Meshack Massi has said.

Dr Massi told the 'Daily News' over the weekend that over 200 women die every year due to pregnancy complications, 30 per cent of which are caused by infections contracted from traditional birth attendants.

''We are not against the traditional midwives. However, most of them shy away from training. As a result they have caused more harm to pregnant women as they lack skills on proper hygiene,'' he said.

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