Friday, November 27, 2020


By Ousainou J Sawaneh Prince Ojee

Health minister Dr. Samateh , responding  to issues raised by members of the National Assembly said  factors responsible for the material mortality in the Gambia  are such as inadequate manpower, Tabbos and malnutrition, “maternal mortality is a complex issue that is cause by many factors. The main cause of maternal mortality in the Gambia are bleeding11%, anemia 11% , infection 1%, heart failure and others” he said

He further described  the issue as very complex matters all over the world, “we have already procure 10 Ambulances for the COVID-19 response and 23 are being process for procurement, the idea was before Covid-19   to introduce a service  call maternal mortality reduction services” Health Minister said.

The Minister of Health however said the country has witness significance decline based on what has been done in the past.

The National Assembly Members last week  raised concern over the maternal mortality death as they debate on adjournment and SoNA

Hon. Sulayman Saho, NAM for Central Baddibu raised the alarming rate maternal mortality death in the country.

Saho stressed the need for holistic and firm actions to solve the matter while others suggested for the ministry to build a research center to know the exact cause of maternal mortality.


NAM for Serrekunda, Hon. Halifa Sallah also took the floor to contribute , and said there is need for timely intervention to save the lives of mothers, “women and infants are connected and are the link to the future, so any society that wants to survive must treasure it’s mothers and children” Hon. Sallah said.


NAM for Banjul North, Hon. Ousman Sillah said “we should really do justice to  women and respective babies that are going to be given birth, and this is a good move in the right direction. The Executive and the Legislature and does at the level of the facilities should ensure that maternal and child mortality is a thing of the past” he said


Hon. Muhammed Magassy, NAM for Basse suggested for detail statistics rate of the maternal death to be provided by the Health Minister.


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