The Country Director of Life for African Mothers (LFAM), a United Kingdom based organization, Abdul-Rahman Bah, said more needs to be done to curtail the growing rate of maternal mortality, and this calls for the involvement of communities.
Serving as Guest Speaker over the weekend during the Movement for Change Intellectual Center forum at Sinkor, Old Road, Director Bah stressed that parents need to educate their girl children about early sex and the risks and implications associated with it as that will help reduce death at birth. “If the child got pregnant in her teen, that child is at risk. It is 50-50 to survive at birth. In order to avoid such occurrence, our parents and community leaders need to take the stance and educate our sisters who have not reached the age of maturity”, he said. He added that Liberia in 2015 recorded the world worst maternal mortality rate, with 1,072 maternal deaths per 100,000 at birth rate. He disclosed that even though traditional midwives render services in Liberia, it is significant to take pregnant women who are in labor pain to medical centers for trained midwives to cater to them. According to him, the public health system in Africa is the most challenging and troubling globally, with no exception to Liberia. He mentioned the 2015 statistics which saw 3,000 Liberians dying due to diarrhea, 2,689 died due to malaria, 3,712 died due to lower respiratory infections, 2,836 to HIV/AIDS, 2,642 from tuberculosis, and 1,132 babies died of neonatal sepsis. He added that the statistics meant many more deaths could be avoided with a good public health system.