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Zambia: Death of journalist during childbirth causes outrage

The ministry of health in Zambia is investigating the death of a 29-year-old journalist, Sithembile Zulu who died during childbirth.

News of her death has led to a public outcry, with fellow journalists highlighting the issue of maternal deaths.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Africa accounts for nearly two thirds of global maternal deaths

Zambia’s Ministry of Health Spokesperson Dr Maximilian Bweupe has said that the late journalist underwent a caesarian section due to foetal distress, a condition where the foetus does not receive sufficient oxygen during pregnancy or labour.  According to the ministry press statement, Ms Zulu became breathless after taking a bath and her condition rapidly deteriorated.

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