Maternal mortality rate drops by 59% in Gambia

Significant progress in tackling maternal mortality has been made over the last decade in Gambia, a government official has revealed.

According to Dr Makie Taal, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health, the maternal mortality rate stood at 433 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2013, APA reports.

This, he said, is 59 per cent down on the amount recorded 14 years earlier.

However, Dr Taal acknowledged that a number of other public health issues in Gambia still remain problematic.

For instance, he said healthcare officials are struggling to tackle the spread of conditions such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV and Aids.

Dr Taal stated that research will be used to determine what steps need to be taken in order to address these issues effectively.

According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization, the equivalent of 4.4 per cent of Gambia's gross domestic product was invested in health during 2011.

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