Gov’t To Register All Pregnant Mothers


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cialis 40mg geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Under the new initiative, the first of its kind, government with support from foreign development partners collaborated to bolster maternal health in the country.

While speaking at a maternal health conference held in Kampala on Tuesday, the minister of Health, Hon Ruhakana Rugunda, revealed that the campaign is part of Uganda’s commitment to enhancing maternal and child survival.

“Currently 9 out of 100 newborn children do not make it through their first birthday and extremely little success has been registered in ensuring reduction on this alarming figure,” Rugunda pointed out.

Most captivating about the oncoming program as Rugunda announced, is that all these mothers after registration will be handed a voucher that will entitle them to a package of antenatal and postnatal facilities free of charge.

“This package will include free diagnosis, free Caesarian Section, free consumables, medicine, HIV treatment, free blood in cases of hemorrhage after birth, and free postnatal care,” revealed the minister.

He also noted that the entitlement will be available for the sick newborn babies up to 30 days after birth.

“Everybody realises that this is a critical period where the country has lost a lot of infants. We believe that once this program is on course, dramatic improvements will be realised in curbing this mortality rate,” Rugunda added.

In cases of services obtained from private clinics and health centers, the minister noted that these will claim reimbursements from government for all the services provided.

Chimpreports learnt that the whole funding for the program has already been secured mainly from foreign development partners and according to Rugunda, the program is scheduled to be rolled out early next year.

In addition to this, the Office of the Prime Minister is working on yet another arrangement: a multi-sectoral nutrition action plan to improve the overall nutrition status of particularly young children and mothers.


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