The Second Vice President of Zanzibar has asked development partners and health professionals to find new ways to reduce or avoid maternal and neonatal mortality.
He delivered his remarks at the start of the thirteenth annual Joint Health Sector Review Meeting (AJHSRM).
The event focused on quality and equity through financial reform and public-private collaboration for a robust health system.
Mr. Nassor Ahmed Mazrui, Minister of Health, stated at a conference with development partners and other key stakeholders, including medical practitioners from Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania, that 60% of maternal and newborn deaths are preventable.
Mr. Mazrui blamed the deaths on poor infrastructure, a lack of qualified personnel, and the incompetence of a few health professionals.
“Those who continue to lack dedication and patriotism must change in order for us to better serve the public and avoid tragedies,” he pledged.