Kenya Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society Convenes 48th Annual Scientific Congress to Address Maternal Health

The Kenya Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society is hosting its 48th Annual Scientific Congress in Mombasa focusing on ‘Re-Imagining Reproductive and Mental Health for UHC: From Bench to Bedside and Beyond’.

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr delivered the keynote address at the forum, attended by Obstetricians and Gynaecologists from across the country. He emphasized the importance of reducing maternal deaths, citing achievement where zero maternal deaths were recorded last year.

“I walked into one of our facilities in Makueni and on the board there were zero maternal deaths, the whole of last year. That board should be copied and posted in every institution because that is the legacy we must leave. We must leave the legacy that ensures that every woman who gives birth lives to see their child,” Governor Mutula said.

During his presentation, Governor Mutula highlighted that 40 percent of maternal deaths are attributed to excessive bleeding. He advocated the adoption and use of new Heat Stable Carbetocin, which has proven beneficial in Makueni County. Additionally, he stressed the importance of strengthening primary care networks to improve maternal health outcomes.

The congress will continue until the 16th of February 2024. It serves as a platform for healthcare professionals to exchange knowledge, share best practices, and collaborate on strategies to enhance maternal health and achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) goals.

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