Lundazi records 4,000 teenage pregnancies in 2018
By Staff Reporter
Over 4,000 girls below the age of 20 last year fell pregnant in Lundazi district.
District Health Director (DHD), Davy Zulu says a total of 4,124 adolescent girls accessed antenatal care services between January and December in the 52 health facilities in the district.
He told Zambia News and Information Service in Chipata this morning that the number included both in and out of school adolescents and disclosed that Lundazi urban clinic recorded the highest adolescent pregnancies with 256, seconded by Mwase/Lundazi zonal health centre with 205 cases.
He also indicated that the district recorded 16 maternal deaths which he said was a reduction from the 27 that were recorded in 2017.
Dr Zulu stated that the district intended to reduce maternal deaths from 27 to 15 but only managed to reduce to 16. He said excessive bleeding had continued to be the major cause of pregnancy related deaths in the district saying of the 16, four died due to hemorrhage.
Dr Zulu also pointed out that the district wanted to reduce maternal deaths to a single digit this year.
He said the Ministry of Health would strengthen youth friendly activities, carryout sensitization programmes in schools and in clinics and partner with chiefs and traditional healers to sensitize communities on maternal health related issues.
Dr Zulu also said sensitizations programs on radio on the dangers of teenage pregnancies and organization of an Indaba with the chiefs in the district to discuss safe motherhood and mentorship to staff on management of labour are currently being carried out.