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SAHRC to probe the deaths of 68 pregnant women who died during labour

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is set to probe the deaths of 68 pregnant women in Limpopo who died while giving birth in various hospitals during the first financial quarter of the year.

Shadow Minister of Public Service and Administration also Chairperson of Democratic Alliance Women Network (DAWN) in Limpopo, Desiree Van Der Walt said in a statement on Monday they have filed a complaint with the SAHRC to probe the deaths of 68 pregnant women who died during labour in various hospitals across the province.

DAWN has also called on Minister of Health Aaron Motswaledi for an urgent inquiry into these deaths.

“We have urged  SAHRC to prioritize this matter and commence with the investigations as a matter of urgency We also call upon all families affected to contact DAWN In Limpopo,” said Van der Walt

Van der Walt said the incidents  came to light during a Standing Committee for Public Accounts hearing where MEC for Provincial Treasury, Rob Tooley, gave insight into the financial mismanagement and woes of the Department of Health

“It is clear from these shocking statistics that the Limpopo Department of Health is nowhere near achieving its Provincial Development plans to reduce maternal, infant and child mortality as aligned to Millennium Development Goal 5,” said Van der Walt.

According to the United Nations the vast majority of maternal deaths can be avoided. To this end DAWN will launch a petition on the inefficient maternal health care by the Limpopo Department of Health to be tabled in Parliament.

Van der Walt said DA has submitted comprehensive Parliamentary questions for written reply to the National Minister for Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, and we call on the minister for an urgent inquiry into these deaths.

 

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