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Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has declared war on maternal and child deaths at a summit held recently in Johannesburg.
"It's definitely not acceptable that mothers should die from what could be avoidable causes.
"It is actually primitive to allow mothers to die when they are supposed to be celebrating the bringing of life on earth.
"We can't allow it," said Motsoaledi.
Maternal mortality is defined as deaths of women during pregnancy, child birth or shortly after giving birth.
Motsoaledi said: "Having just one woman dying has adverse effects."
Three different committees working under the Department of Health have been investigating maternal, infant and child deaths.
They present their findings and make recommendations every two years.
Motsoaledi said he was "shocked" when he was presented with the findings.
Professor Jack Moodley, chairperson of the maternal deaths committee, told the summit: "We get about 140 maternal deaths per 100000 live births annually.
KwaZulu-Natal has the largest percentage of deaths and that's because it is the most populous and probably the most rural of provinces.
"We should provide training for all professionals working in maternity units on all practical obstetric and surgical skills - and skills in anaesthesia," Moodley said.
One of the things we are not very good at is post-natal care and we must, in fact, strengthen that.
The second committee commissioned to investigate the deaths of children under the age of five, also painted a gloomy picture.
Its chairperson, Professor Neil McKerrow, said: "There are huge inter-provincial variations in infant mortality, ranging from as low as 25 to as high as 71 young babies in the first year of life dying for every 1000 babies born."
The chairperson of the committee focusing on infant deaths, Professor Sthembiso Velaphi, said: "Forty-sixpercent of neonatal deaths are due to prematurity and 29percent to asphyxia."
Asphyxia is a condition resulting from the short supply of oxygen to the body that arises from being unable to breathe normally and might lead to suffocation.
Velaphi said something could be done to avoid these deaths.
"We can focus our attention on giving the best care in looking after premature babies and managing babies with asphyxia or preventing asphyxia." - Health-e News