Turn commitments on maternal, infant mortality into actions – Katuta

YOUTH Vision Zambia director of programmes Chilambe Katuta says commitments made towards reduction of maternal, under-five and infant mortality rates should be turned into concrete actions without delay.

Commenting on first lady Dr Christine Kaseba’s statement during the launch of Maternal, newborn and child health road-map in Lusaka recently that one woman dies every four hours in Zambia from pregnancy-related causes and that almost 850 children die daily from preventable diseases, Katuta said it was unacceptable that women should die while giving birth in Zambia.

“As a country, we must work together to accelerate progress by turning commitments into concrete actions without delay. We should not allow a situation where women should die while giving birth in Zambia. One thing we should know is that we should not just sit and debate in our boardrooms when lives are being lost every day. We need to do something about it,” Katuta said.