- The forum brought together health officials from the six coastal counties.
- It was organised by the Safaricom Foundation.
- For areas that have rough terrains, the county government plans to procure four-wheel drive ambulances.
Maternal mortality rate in the Coast region has declined by 50 percent since 2014.
Currently, the world maternal mortality rate stands at 362 per 100,000 live births.
According to Health chief executives (CECs) from Coast counties, the decline is due to improvements made in the health facilities that have ensured they have enough staff and equipment to give effective services to mothers and babies.
Speaking during a workshop on maternal new-born and child health in Mombasa, the CECs said they are working on improving maternal health facilities and creating awareness at the grassroots on the importance of getting specialised care to ensure that they get 70 percent live births by 2030.
The forum, which was organised by the Safaricom Foundation, brought together health officials from the six coastal counties under the Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani economic bloc.
Also in attendance were officials from Amref and Safaricom Foundation.
Among the steps taken by the Coast counties include establishment of more centres to cater for expectant women and bridge the distance gap and training of more local health staff.
Mombasa County’s Head of Preventive and Promotive Health Salma Swaleh said there is congestions at the Coast Provincial General Hospital (CPGH), which is making it difficult to give quality services to women.
But Dr Swaleh said they have since decentralised services by equipping sub-county hospitals to offer maternity services.
“In our bid to offer quality services we started offering maternity health services in sub-county hospitals. We have Mrima in Likoni, Port Reitz, Mlaleo among others that offer services to people within these areas. This has reduced the distance that a mother from Likoni was supposed to take to CPGH,” Dr Swaleh said.