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Hospital births, vaccination visits drop as Kenya battles virus

A paltry three out of 10 women gave birth in hospitals last month, pointing to a worrying trend that could morph into a crisis.

Worse still, only five out of 10 children under one year were fully immunised, and only six women out of 10 went for their fourth antenatal care in hospitals in the month.

Data from various hospitals revealed that the months of January and March had good performance, but with only 32 per cent of women being attended to by skilled birth attendants in April, it means the rest gave birth unattended, or were assisted by traditional or unskilled birth attendants.

As Kenya and the rest of the world reel from the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, pregnant women, afraid to contract the disease in hospitals or unable to access health facilities due to movement restrictions, have opted to deliver their babies at home.

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