Expert says unskilled childbirth attendants are the main cause of increasing Maternal Mortality

Peshawar: Participants at a seminar have said that women are dying due to Postpartum Haemorrhage PPH and other complications during childbirth, though it is preventable but unskilled childbirth attendants are the main cause of increasing Maternal Mortality Ratio MMR and Infant Mortality Rate IMR in the country.

“We need for taking measures on emergency basis to prevent MMR and IMR as the government of Pakistan is bound to reduce it as per commitment of Millennium Development Goals till 2015,” said the participants while sharing their views on the subject, organized by Khwendo Kor, supported by Mercy-Corps and Research and Advocacy Fund RAF here at a local hotel on Thursday.

The seminar was attended by large number of health care providers, female member of provincial assembly of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl JUIF Uzma Khan, Shoaib of Mercy-Corps, Hafizullah, Waliur Rahman, Nazra Syed of Khwendo Kor, Dr Khiyal Afridi, Genealogists and others.

Globally more than 350,000 women die every year from preventable complications related to pregnancy and childbirth while Pakistan ranks third highest in the world with estimated 276 out of 100,000 maternal deaths behind India and Nigeria.

Highlighting the gaps either in policies or in practices which leads to MMR and devising strategy for coping the identified gaps by developing policies, recommendations for proper use of Misoprostol for either prevention or treatment of PPH Severe bleeding in delivery of childbirth.

They informed that Pakistan was among those states which had highest MMR in South Asia and the actual figures were much alarming than official figures. They maintained that the majority of maternal deaths are caused by PPH during labour.

Project Manager of Mercy Corps Shoaib while sharing his views said that this project was focusing on addressing complications caused by PPH in order to reduce MMR and they all should devise comprehensive strategies for safe motherhood in order to reduce MMR as per commitment under MDGs.

He stressed for proper training to health care providers Childbirth attendance and creation for awareness among the people particularly from rural areas regarding MMR and IMR in order to save mothers and their newborn and also provision of best health to them.

Dr. Sharif Ahmad Khan, Director General Health KP, MPA Uzma Khan, Dr Khiyal Afridi and health experts shared their views on how to reduce the MMR and IMR.

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