By Adama Tine
Dr Musa Marena, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) has revealed that maternal deaths are on the decline contrary to reports of high maternal deaths in the country.
Speaking to Mamos Media in a recent interview, Dr Marena, said: “Compared to previous years, maternal deaths have reduced a lot in The Gambia.”
“The common age where maternal death tends to happen are usually teenagers whom we advise not to get pregnant as teenagers as well as elderly women who are above 35 years,” he said.
According to him, in The Gambia recent data has shown that maternal deaths have reduced, adding “our statistics in 2020 were 260 per 100,000.”
“What happens in our country is that our women get pregnant early, frequently, when they are sick and even when they are old which is why the common age of maternal deaths is 35 and above and 19 and below,” he explained.
He stated that the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, among others have a role to play. He further said that delay in reaching hospital and non-availability of electricity are also contributing factors.