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Report on Twitter Chat on Zero preventable Maternal Deaths

The WHO declared the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID19) a pandemic spreading to over 200 countries and territories in the world. In Kenya, the first case was reported on 13 th March 2020 and like many countries across the globe, the gov- ernment put in measures and interventions to curtail the spread of the virus and mitigating the socio-economic effects of COVID19 response. Some of the measures such as the nationwide dusk to dawn curfew has negatively impacted access to essential health services particularly emergency obstetric and newborn care.

Because of limited or no movement and fear of police, women cannot access emergency trans- port to health facilities hence in some counties have reported high maternal and perinatal morbidi- ties and deaths. Furthermore, the fear of contract- ing coronavirus has kept some women away from seeking antenatal and postnatal care. So far there is reduced utilization of the maternal and child health services across the country, compared to the same period last year.