WOMEN AT ADVANCED STAGE OF PREGNANCY IN TANZANIA BANNED FROM HERDING LIVESTOCK

DAR-ES-SALAAM-- The administration of Mara Region (Province) in northern Tanzania, Adam Malima, has banned pregnant women on the verge of delivering from grazing their family livestock, saying they deserve rest and care.

The Regional Commissioner issued the order while addressing the region's health officials at a meeting in Tarime town recently, saying it is a deliberate measure to help prevent maternal and perinatal deaths in the region.

In Mara region, it is now prohibited for expectant mothers to look after cattle when she is about to give birth," he repeatedly said. He ordered all district councils to set up by-laws prohibiting pregnant mothers from grazing their family livestock forthwith.

The concern was earlier raised by several speakers who asked for an intervention against men who subject their pregnant women to grazing the livestock in unfriendly environments and consequently force some to deliver in the fields.

Bunda District commissioner Lidya Bupilipili said poor care for expectant mothers was one of the factors causing deaths in the region. You find expectant mothers looking after cattle and sometimes end up in delivering in grazing areas .... these are some of the issues that we need to address, she added.

Bupilipili also said expectant mothers should get health services from trained nurses, instead of depending on traditional birth attendants, a practice still rampant in some parts of the region.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK