Reproductive Health

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Maternal death rates alarming

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The rate at which pregnant women die in the process of giving birth is now sending an alarm as the number seems to keep on growing every day in Kenya, especially in rural areas.

And if measures are not taken, then in a few years to come, it might turn to be another disaster befalling not just the Kenyan women, but the society at large.

Teenage pregnancies have been on the rise in Kenya.

Hundreds of girls have been dropping out of school due to pregnancy every year. The scenario cuts across the social divide in both rural and urban schools.

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Call for change of attitude regarding midwives

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African women leaders are urging respective governments to on the continent to embrace midwifery as a policy to save lives of pregnant women and their babies.

They identified Kenya together with the 39 countries represented from Africa to embrace midwives as professionals.

Speaking at a three-day conference that sought to integrate the African midwifery practice through provision of satisfactory knowledge in Nairobi, James Macharia, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Health said training of midwives in the country will help avert deaths that would be preventable if patients visited the right professionals.

Delivery might be free but its mission would greatly depend on how government motivates the nurses and doctors in public health facilities to reflect on how mothers are handledBefore the Government made the maternity free in all public health facilities, pregnant women were forced to part with certain amount of fee to carter for the services rendered.

Teresa Anyango, a mother of three had all her children delivered at the Mbagathi District Hospital before the government waived maternity fees. She said any expectant mother used to pay KSh20 for card registration, KSh30 for compulsory blood test adding up to KSh50 per for the first time.

Medical experts suspect the high number of unwanted pregnancies by women who claim to have used emergency pills is a pointer to lack of proper 

information on how they are supposed to use them. They are meant to help women enjoy their reproductive rights, but the manner in which young women are using emergency pills and a drug known as misoprostol, is raising concern.

Medical experts suspect the high number of unwanted pregnancies by women who claim to have used emergency pills is a pointer to lack of proper information on how they are supposed to use them.

{jb_quote}A 2002 study found that 20,000 women were admitted to public hospitals with abortion related complications, with 7,900 dying from unsafe abortion.{/jb_quote}

The number of young women seeking post-abortion care in government and private hospitals is rising at a breakneck pace, raising a red flag about the huge volumes of women trooping to backstreet clinics to procure unsafe abortions.

Dr Joshua Noreh in his clinic at the 

Nairobi IVF Centre during the interview2The story has been of medical tourism in India, but things seem to be changing with the flow, slowly, but steadily turning in the direction of Kenya.

In a trend that has both baffled and impressed the local medical fraternity, an increasing number of clients from Africa, Europe and United States of America are coming to Kenya to seek treatment for infertility, indicating the advances the country is making in this area.

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Me infertile? No way

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Men find it difficult to accept they are infertile

Dr Joshua Noreh of Nairobi IVF Centre operates the semen analysizer, a machine used to determine whether a man is infertile or notWhen the results from one of the local In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) clinics indicated the James (not his really name) had an infertility problem, he felt like committing suicide.

“I wondered how I was going to live without being able to father a child. For a moment, I felt life had no meaning,” James recalls the thoughts that went through his mind last year.

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When a man’s fertility was put to the test

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One Wednesday when James (not his real name) was preparing to retire to bed, his wife requested they discuss something important before doing so. The past three months she had several medical checks to establish why she was unable to conceive.

So the first thing James asked her if it was about the results of her tests. Agnes replied no, “It is something important we need to discuss,” James recalls.

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