44% fall in maternal deaths: MoH
Early registration of a pregnant woman at a specialised clinic a must
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has said that maternal deaths have declined by 44 per cent between 1990 and 2015.
MoH has said that there has been a drastic decline in deaths during childbirth. “In 2002, a total of 37.5 deaths were recorded for every 100,000 live births which declined to 13.4 deaths in 2016,” Dr Salwa Gabbar al Shihabi, specialist in social medicine, Department of Child and Mother Health, MoH, said.
She said that the ministry has a committee that records every maternal death. “This committee was formed in 1991 to record the causes of these deaths and the measures taken for their prevention across the country.”
Dr Salwa said that the primary reason for maternal deaths is the quality of healthcare service provided to women during preg- nancy and delivery.
“The ministry aims to create awareness among families that early registration of a pregnant woman at a specialised clinic is important as experts track each stage of pregnancy leading to the birth of a healthy child.”
She said that cooperation between families and specialists is a crucial aspect in the whole process.
In a report, MoH has said that the World Health Organization (WHO) aims to bring down the number of maternal deaths to 70 for every 100,000 live births by 2030 across the world.
Statistics from WHO show that there are around 830 maternal deaths every day which can be avoided.
WHO says that 99 per cent of maternal deaths take place in developing countries particularly in rural areas due to lack of healthcare facilities, and among poor families.