MPs: Museveni Misguiding Ugandans to Produce More Children

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Some Members of Parliament have expressed disappointment with President Yoweri Museveni for encouraging Ugandans to give birth to more children before the country attains a middle income status.

Some Members of Parliament have expressed disappointment with President Yoweri Museveni for encouraging Ugandans to give birth to more children before the country attains a middle income status.

Before the Golden Jubilee Independence celebrations last week, President Museveni reiterated his call for a large population saying that let the peasants produce when they are still in the peasantry class. By the time they upgrade to the middle class, they would have had enough children.
 
Kigulu South Member of Parliament Muwuma Milton told journalists on Tuesday that such advice from the President is wrong since majority of the peasants who are giving birth to many children cannot even take care of them.

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His comments come a day before the World Safe Motherhood Day on Wednesday. The national celebrations will be held in Kyenjojo district.

According to the Ministry of Health, Uganda’s maternal mortality rate stands at 310 per 100,000 live births.

Mothers are dying because of anaemia, haemorrhage, hypertension during pregnancy, obstructed labour, infections after delivery and unsafe abortions.

Uganda's annual population growth rate is at 3.4 percent and the country still has one of the highest fertility rates in the world at 6.7 percent.

Mumuwa says it is time Uganda spoke the same language regarding maternal health and population issues. He also castigates government for not carrying out the National census in August this year to get exact figures and help in planning for the population.

Sheema Woman MP Mary Nyakikongoro, a member of the Uganda Women's Parliamentary Association, notes that families need to consider the number of times they are producing and spacing of children by the mothers.

She adds that most peasants believe that government shall take care of their children forgetting that the burden of providing for them financially is on them.

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The safe Motherhood Initiative was launched globally in 1987 in recognition of the global burden of maternal mortality especially in developing countries.

Through this initiative and the millennium declaration, countries committed themselves to achieving an overall reduction of 75 percentage of maternal mortality between 1990 and 2015.

The theme for the celebration is Zero tolerance to maternal and newborn deaths. Play your role.

According to the Ministry of Health, government is working on encouraging mothers to attend antenatal care early and four times before delivery.