Pre-eclampsia leading cause of maternal mortality in Uganda

Pre-eclampsia remains the leading cause of maternal mortality at Mulago national referral for the last four years.

Pre-eclampsia is a disorder of pregnancy characterized by the onset of high blood pressure and often a significant amount of protein in the urine.

Pre-eclampsia remains the leading cause of maternal mortality at Mulago national referral for the last four years.

Pre-eclampsia is a disorder of pregnancy characterized by the onset of high blood pressure and often a significant amount of protein in the urine.

Risk factors for pre-eclampsia include obesity, prior hypertension, older age, and diabetes mellitus. It is also more frequent in a woman’s first pregnancy and if she is carrying twins.

Dr. Evelyn Nabunya, Head Gynecologist at Kawempe referral hospital recommends treatment of prior hypertension with medications and frequent checkups during pregnancy.

This during the commemoration of world pre- ecelampsia day organized by HEPS Uganda at the Kawempe referral hospital

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Leah Kahunde