Many areas in the district do not have blood banks
The Maternal Mortality Rate continues to be high in Tumkur district, despite implementation of several government schemes.
The number of such deaths between April 2007 and March 2012 was put at 256 and that during April–July this year at 10.
The most common cause of maternal death is postpartum haemorrhage, when more than 500 ml of blood is lost after delivery. Many areas do not have blood banks, and women are not getting blood when they are in need of it. Rheumatic heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure, cerebrovascular accidents too play their part.
Another villain is anaemia. Even minimal loss of blood during delivery can be fatal if the mother is suffering from anaemia.
Lack of proper care of girl children from infancy make them anaemic, and early marriages too can be a cause for concern. Many pregnant women in rural areas do not take iron tablets from health workers, saying they induce vomiting sensation. They also claim that babies may gain weight, making normal delivery difficult.
Many deaths occur during transportation of the mother from one hospital to another after delivery if there is complication.
The number of maternal deaths is high in Madhugiri, Pavagada and Sira taluks, where health awareness among women is low. Many pregnant women do not go for ante-natal check-up.
“Maternal mortality rate can be brought down by correction of anaemia in pregnant women. We have opened blood storage units in Sira, Tiptur, Kunigal and Madhugiri taluks, and works are on for similar units in Pavagada, Gubbi, Chikkanayakanahalli and Turuvekere,” Rajani, district Reproductive and Child Health officer, told The Hindu.