By: Benjamin Majok Mon

May 15, 2011 the minister of health in the government of Lakes state doctor Samuel Mayek Deng reveals that the maternity mortality rates is the highest in south Sudan and very high in his state.

  The minister said, “The maternal mortality rate in South Sudan is one of the highest in the world. An absence of trained healthcare staff, structures, and paved roads means the small, rural maternity clinic should be encouraged to help the rural women access to anti natal care in the state”

“The maternity mortality rate in south Sudan is still worsen as it rose to 2054 per 100,000 lives marking the region the highest in the world” Mayek added

  Chan Deng Malual is the medical doctor in Rumbek hospital who has been experiencing the complication of pregnancy said, “In pregnancy, it is common in remote areas that a woman’s labour is prolonged and therefore obstructed and there are limited resources to help them through that difficult complication. Sometimes the women are brought into the hospital in which the mother or child may die or all of them can be lost as the results.

Pregnant mother in labour

“There are also so many unpredictable things that happen in labour and delivery, so having a hospital where those issues can be managed appropriately, and having the supplies and the staff, is very important for the health of the mother and the baby.”

According to the South Sudan Census Bureau and Statistics 2006 house hold survey the data released was that the infant mortality rose at 150 per 1,000 births, child mortality stood at 250 per 1,000 populations, and maternal mortality 2037 per 100,000 deliveries

 At the national and international level, South Sudan had the worst mortality conditions than any region in the entire polity, including Darfur. In an Eastern African community context, South Sudan stood atop as well.

Compared to the rest of the world, South Sudan’s mortality rates were among the highest, topping the world in maternal mortality rate. Even more striking in recent periods, some of these rates have elevated. For example, in 2008, death rates rose significantly to 360 female infant and 230 male infant deaths per 1,000 births. However, the child mortality rate in Sudan as the whole according to The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that the child and maternity mortality rates in the country were close to emergency and urged responses at all levels with a sense of urgency.

“It is shocking that every year about 305,000 children under the age of five die. Almost 110,000 of those die within 28 days of being born.

“It is also totally unacceptable that every year 26,000 women die giving birth in Sudan, just over 13,300 in the south Sudan and 12,700 in the north. 

The consequences of insufficient healthcare in South Sudan are dire. The region’s neonatal, infant, child, and maternal mortality rates are among the highest in the world, and the average life expectancy is only 42 years old. Routine health issues, such as diarrhea, pregnancy, and puncture wounds, are the major death sentence in south Sudan.

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