Statistics revealed that one out of sixteen women die every 60 seconds during delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa with just a woman dieing in Europe and America out of 2800.
Complications during pregnancy, chlamydia, and lack of neo-natal consultations were also some of the identified problems. Panellists said 40% of women in Cameroon do not go in for prenatal consultations, due to both poverty and especially ignorance.
As a result, 40% of children die before the age of one. Here diarrhea, tetanus, pneumonia and HIV/AIDS account for the rise in infant mortality in Cameroon.
Littoral's Regional Delegate for Public Health lamented that despite measures taken to reduce the trends worldwide, the situation in sub-Saharan Africa remains a cause for concern. Dr Mbita Fouda raised fears that the situation could retard efforts to reduce infant and child mortality by 75% in 2015.Health experts underscored the importance of sensitisation and effective family planning as some of the ways of fighting against the pandemic.