44% fall in ma­ter­nal deaths: MoH

Early regis­tra­tion of a preg­nant woman at a spe­cialised clinic a must

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

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.

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