The Infant Mortality Rate in Uganda has declined from 54 deaths per 1000 live births in 2011, to 43 deaths per 1000 live births in 2016. This has been indicated in a report by the Uganda Bureau of Standards, the body responsible for tallying the progress of government’s initiatives. The report is part of the Uganda Demographic Health Survey.
The report was handed over to the ministry of health at a function chaired by the first Deputy Prime Minister, Rt.Hon.Gen.Moses Ali, in the presence of the Minister of Health, Dr.Jane Ruth Aceng.
The report further indicated that child Mortality has also gone down from 38 deaths per 1000 live births in 2011 to 22 deaths per 1000 live births in 2016. This is commendable improvement for Uganda. Maternal mortality has also gone down from 438 deaths per 100,000 live births registered in 2011 Uganda Demographic Health survey, to 336 deaths per 100,000 live births. This has also been coupled with increase in the number of pregnant women attending four or more antenatal care visits from 48% in 2011 to 60% in 2016. There was also an applaud for the number of births occuring in health faciities increasing from 57% in 2011 to 73% in 2016
Dr.Jane Ruth Aceng, the minister of Health commended the report and cited that it will be very useful in planning and monitoring of services offered by the health sector noting the need to accelerate efforts in reducing maternal mortality rate which is still high. She also quoted increase in immunization ; nutrition levels; and use of insecticide treated mosquito nets which indicate progress. Dr.Aceng also called for collaboration from the other sectors of the economy so as to collectively contribute to better heath outcomes, and commended the work of their partners like USAID, UNICEF, UNFPA and ICF Macro for funding and providing technical assistance in this Demographic Health Survey.
Rt.Hon.Gen.Moses Ali, the first Deputy Prime Minister applauded the ministry of Health and its partners for the achievements reached so far though he showed concern over the fact that Maternal Mortality rate is still high.He conveyed government support and reassured the people that government shall continue to focus on procurement of good medical equipment, increasing human resource for health and continuous sensitization of the population