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India rates high on maternity deaths

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Mahima Paul

Bangalore, October 27, 2016:  A World Health Organization (WHO) report shows maternity morality rate is high among young women in India. The major cause of these deaths is postpartum hemorrhage, hyper tension and anemia.

 Every day, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth in world. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS-2) states that 52 per cent of women in India are suffering from anemia and hemoglobin problems.

“There are no proper heath facilities for these women in rural area. Half of them don’t even know they are anemic and after delivery women can get any type of bacterial infection very easily if preventive measures are not taken.” Said DR. Guri Agrawal , Shishu hospital Bangalore.

  • According to WHO report 99 % of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.
  • The total population of females in India is 651 million were 50% of it’s in the age of 0-25 years.
  • India ranks 56 in high maternity morality rate out of 223 countries.
  • Research done on Pregnant Women attending Antenatal Clinic at Rural Health Training Centre (RHTC) and Chalmeda Anand Rao Institute of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Karimnagar, Telangana, India.
  • Study period: 1 year i.e.: from 1st October- 2014 to 30th September 2015

Dr. Nirmala, Gynecologist of Mission hospital, Madhya Pradesh said that the main reason she observed while dealing with such cases is inadequate availability of Blood. Whereas almost 60% (app.) of total female population in India have hemoglobin problems during their pregnancy, hyper tension and anemia are also major reason for death in such cases. Women aged between 18 – 20 years are the one having high risk of maternity infections.

Government polices like Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK), Janani Suraksha Yojana Scheme are been enforced by government to deal with MMR in India. Were as India government promise to provide free medication, food, transport and blood to pregnant women below BPL.

“If even 10 women are dying due to complication in pregnancy in one day that means somewhere are policies is falling to provide good facilities to these people. I am not saying government is not working they have many schemes which are been issued but are people aware of it, do these schemes are implemented properly “said Dr. Ishita M Ganguli , Lady Hospital UP.

Dr. Shrinathan, MD of Peplani Hospital said “The only solution to this problem is to provide proper nutrition to the women and by improving the good medication. Government is trying their best but still we as country are struggling with problems like anemia and mal- nutrition because of the diet we take. So, there should be a pediatrician doctor in every government hospital to help these women to have healthy diet and keep their fetus healthy”


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