Maternal deaths prompt calls for action in Zambia

Lusaka – The birth of the Zambian twins Kelly and Karen Junior will always be followed by sadness. This is due to the fact that their mother died while she was giving birth to them.

This tragic occurrence led to increasing debate in Zambia.

The twin’s mother was 33 when she was admitted at one of Zambia’s prestigious private hospital Medicross Hospital. But her labour was slow due to the fact that she was carrying twins.

The doctors attending to her case chose to perform a Caesarean section.

The Caesarean section was apparently successful. But just after the birth her husband received news from the hospital informing him about the death of her wife.

“We were with my sisters in a room where the babies had been brought and we were busy taking pictures while my wife was dying on the operating table,” said the husband

The only explanation the husband could rely on is written on his wife’s death certificate. The death certificate states that she died to a pulmonary embolism (a sudden blockage of an artery in the lungs).

The country’s Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya has called for an investigation into the case, saying he was “deeply shocked by the turn of events, every death of a mother is one death too many.”

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