Govt pleased with significant progress in reduced maternal and child morbidity rate.
Lusaka, December 12th, 2014, ZANIS — Government says the country has continued recording significant progress in reducing maternal and child morbidity rate.
Community Development Mother and Child Health minister Emerine Kabanshi says despite this achievement, a lot still needs to be done.
Ms. Kabanshi said the high rate of deaths of babies which stands at 20 for every 1000 live babies has still remained a source of worry considering the high number of underage pregnancies .
ZANIS reports that the minister said this in Lusaka yesterday when she officiated at the launch of the Mother and Baby programme by St John Zambia.
The Mother and Baby Programme is aimed at contributing to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)number four and five that look at reducing preventable illnesses and deaths related to mothers and babies.
The programme will be implemented in Chunga compound of Lusaka and is expected to be rolled out to Chibombo district in central province.