Estimated 28 Neonatal Deaths, 7 Maternal Deaths Occurred In Margibi – Community Health Services Director Clarifies


The Community Health Services Director of Margibi County, James Varney has clarified recent information he revealed to the public about the number of maternal and child deaths that have occurred in the County.

Mr. Varney in his clarification said there is an increase in neonatal death in Margibi County and not maternal death as it was released and published. Neonatal death is the death of an infant between the ages of one day to one week old.

He revealed that the estimated number of infants that have suffered from neonatal death in the County is about twenty-eight (28) and it occurred across Margibi between January 2017 and November 2018.

According to him, the aim and objective of their information were to encourage people to appear sooner at health facilities with pregnant women when they get in pain so the professional people can take over the responsibility.

“We are discouraging late arrival with pregnant women to the facility, we don’t want Trained Traditional Midwives (TTMs) to do delivery in the Community, it will lead to neonatal death and other things” he added.

Mr. Varney disclosed that one of the causes of the increase in neonatal deaths in Margibi County is that people delay with pregnant women in the Community when they are in pain.

The Margibi County Community Health Services Director further clarified that the estimated number of maternal deaths that have occurred in the County from January 2017 to November 2018 is about seven (7).

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