Kampala- Although Uganda has posted progress in both child and maternal health care, there is still an uphill task of addressing neonatal mortality rate in the next four months if the country is to fully achieve Millennium Development Goals four and five, a new survey has shown .
Neonatal mortality is the number of babies dying before reaching 28 days per 1,000 live births in a given year. Uganda’s neonatal mortality currently stands at 27 per 1,000 live births. However, government projects it to have reduced to 23 per 1,000 live births by 2015.
“Available evidence suggests that Uganda has witnessed accelerated progress towards the attainment of the under-five mortality target between 2006 and 2011 and could achieve the 2015 target of 56/1,000 live births.
However, this will depend heavily on a drastic fall in neonatal mortality rate in the remaining period,” the report reads in part.
According to the 2012/13 State of Uganda Children report, the country’s maternal mortality ratio which was expected to fall to 131/10,000 by the 2015 deadline has stagnated at 438/100,000 live births.
Since 2006, maternal mortality rate has stagnated at 438 deaths per 100,000 live births.
The report, which assesses the progress Uganda has made in realising the two MDGs of reducing child mortality and maternal health was launched in Kampala yesterday.
State minister for Primary Health Care Ms Sarah Opendi who launched the report, said the challenge facing Uganda was not only to maintain the down ward trend in overall child mortality, but also to adopt a strong geographical and population focus to health care provision.