The Ministry of health is concerned about the increasing cases of pre-eclampsia after birth, a condition during pregnancy where an expectant mother develops high blood pressure.
The condition is characterized by mothers having fluid retention or protein in their urine and mostly detected in the six months of pregnancy though can be managed by using magnesium sulphate.
Dr. Richard Mugahi, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Maternal and Child Health at the Ministry of Health says they have noticed an increase in the number of women who develop the condition after delivery, calling for more consciousness by the medics, as well as the caretakers who need to report in time.
According to Dr. Mugahi, the majority of the women who develop the condition do not necessarily have a prior history of high blood pressure. Dr. Mugahi speaking……
Dr Annette Nakimuli, a pre-eclampsia expert says that it is hard to estimate the actual number of cases of mothers suffering from postpartum pre-eclampsia though cases are there.
According to Dr. Mugahi, they are currently carrying out investigations to ascertain why women in Mbale are at high risk of developing this condition. END