To Avert Mother-Child Deaths, Governments Need To Invest In Specialist Nurse Training

By Soko Directory Team / Published June 21, 2024 | 6:04 pm



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A continental conference of nurses has urged governments to sponsor specialist training for nurses working with expectant mothers and infants to curb the high number of deaths experienced during surgical childbirth. The deaths are primarily attributed to a lack of access to essential surgical care, particularly life-saving procedures such as cesarean sections.

The first-ever Pan African Nurse Anesthetists Conference (PANAC 2024) also noted that the presence of anesthetists during general surgeries can improve the overall care system of patients.

Speaking during the conference, the Association of Registered Nurse Anesthetists-Kenya patron, Ms. Mary Mungai said the association, in collaboration with sister associations in Africa, will support individual government efforts to train nurse anesthetists.

“PANAC 2024 is a significant milestone for nurse anesthetists in Africa as it provides an unprecedented opportunity to unify our efforts in improving anesthesia care, ensuring safer surgical outcomes for millions. This conference is not just about professional development; it’s about saving lives.”

A survey by the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) revealed that Kenya had only 0.44 physician anesthesiologists per 100,000 people and including non-physician anesthesia providers (NPAPs), this figure rises to only 1.7 per 100,000, far below the recommended 4 per 100,000. This workforce shortage significantly reduces access to and safety of surgical services in many parts of Africa.

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), over 80 percent of maternal deaths are attributed to poor quality of care. Maternal mortality after cesarean delivery in Africa is 50 times higher than that of high-income countries. In Kenya, despite measures put in place to curb this, Kenya’s Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) remains high at 362 deaths per 100,000 live births.

A primary contributor to this high MMR is the lack of access to essential surgical care, particularly life-saving procedures such as cesarean sections. Improved access to surgical and anesthesia services can drastically reduce maternal deaths by addressing complications like obstructed labor, hemorrhage, and infections.

The two-day conference held in Nairobi brought together healthcare professionals, policymakers, and stakeholders to address critical issues in anesthesia care across the continent.

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