Measures have been taken to address the infant mortality rate under five years of age.
Jun 21, 2023 - 16:45
Rwanda Biomedical Center has found out that despite infant mortality rate reduced, there is still need for more efforts to improve health conditions of children and mothers thus preventing mortality especially among those under five years of age.
The research carried out every after five years is known as DHS for social
welfare found out that from the year 2015 to 2020 the number of deaths under
the age of five among 1000 children decreased from 50 to 45.
This forced Rwanda Biomedical Center to carry out specific research which was
published on Monday 20 th June because the mortality rate has not decreased to the
Sibomana Hassan, acting director of maternal and child health IN RBC said" With
45% child mortality we cannot say that we have reached the level we want
because there is a lot we should be doing & quot.
He further reiterated " When we look at the child death rate under the age of
five, we discovered three categories: There is stillbirth which we want to decrease
significantly, there is death for children under the age of one year, and the child
death under the age of five. We have been assessing ourselves to find out the best
we can do, know our weaknesses so that we implore more efforts to reduce infant
Workers in the health sector especially hospitals, expressed concerns about the role
of parents in addressing the issue.
Dr Muhire Philbert, the Managing Director of Ruhengeri Hospital had this to say
" Regarding death of children who die at a young age, the issue is that mothers
delay to go for pregnancy test and how they are cared for during the process is
also a challenge, on the other hand, there are also issues with health workers ".
Mukangoga Edith, a nurse further added" what I have realized is that we need
more efforts to keep training health workers, training the community, and increasing
the number of nurses who take care of that children".
Rwanda is among the leading countries in Africa in terms of health care and
preventing infant mortality, from the year 2000 to 2020 in 20 years infant mortality
rate decreased up to 80%.
196 children were dying before the age of five but now only 45 among 1000 die,
however, there is still a long way to go.
Story by Emmanuel Bizimana /translated by GAKUBA FELIX ABDULJABAR