Solwezi District has recorded the highest maternal mortality rate in North-western Province this year, with 14 maternal deaths.

Mushindamo district was second with three deaths, while Kalumbila trailed in third place with two maternal deaths.

Solwezi District Health Director BUUMBA BUBALA has bemoaned the escalating levels of maternal deaths in her district.

Dr. BUBALA says the statistics have compelled First Quantum Minerals Limited to sponsor a seven-day Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care Improvement Plan workshop for health practitioners in the area.

She says the training is aimed at imparting knowledge and skills to rural health caregivers on how to avert maternal deaths in Solwezi, Mushindamo and Kalumbila districts.

And Solwezi General Hospital Nurse in charge of the maternity wing LEVY MUNA said there are a high number of babies dying before or after being born in the province.

Meanwhile, Solwezi Urban Clinic Midwifery Nurse AUDREY NKHATA who was also one of the facilitators at the workshop urged expectant mothers not to risk their lives and of their unborn children by delaying to go for antenatal checkups.

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