By Sandra Tumwekwase
Mothers have been urged to always carryout regular medical checkups whether they are pregnant or not in order to reduce rate of maternal deaths caused by high blood pressure.
According to Ms Ephrance Nuwamanya the coordinator Bushenyi Integrated Rural Development (BIRD) a nongovernmental organization that aims at empowering the people, mothers die during pregnancy and while giving birth due pre-eclampsia.
Pre eclampsia is a type of high blood pressure that occurs in women during pregnancy with symptoms of; severe heachache, convulsion, vomiting, dizziness, loss of consciousness, heart burn among others.
Ms. Nuwamanya said this during the celebration of the world pre eclampsia day at Kisizi health centre ii Kiyanga sub county, Mitooma district under the theme; ‘community based approach using petograph app and referral form, a sustainable solution to early detection and timely referral of pre eclampsia in low resource setting.’
She noted that 90% of pregnant women die giving birth as a result of untreated pre eclampsia. She further explained that it occurs at 5 months after conceiving up to 6 months after birth.
Pregnant mothers were also given mosquito nets by BIRD in a campaign to combat malaria which has also been a threat to mothers and their unborn babies.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website