The Uganda government approved the use of the low-cost drug, misoprostol, to treat and prevent excessive bleeding in mothers during childbirth to curb the high maternal mortality rates.
Dr. Stephen Mallinga, the health minister, explained that the government had previously delayed licensing the drug, which can also be used to induce labour, because of fears of possible abuse by using it to conduct abortions. But now, government facilites will be administering the drug free of charge.
This is a great step forward for a country where of the 6,000 women who die annually due to pregnancy complications, bleeding accounts for 25 to 40% of the deaths.
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