FOGSI to join hands with government to reduce maternal mortality rate

Concerned by the fact that India has a high MMR (Maternal Mortality Rate) of 254 per 1,00,000 live births, Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) has decided to join hands with the government in promoting a nationwide campaign to prevent maternal deaths.

At a press conference at the end of the 54 {+t} {+h} All India Congress of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (AICOG), FOGSI president P.C. Mahapatra and former president Sanjay Gupte, said India had higher MMR than Bangladesh and other neighbouring countries with as many as 200 women dying every day due to pregnancy-related problems. As part of the campaign, FOGSI would launch a national initiative for observing a ‘save mother day' once every two months in which more than 50,000 professionals would participate.

During the ‘save mother day' programme, pregnant women would be motivated and explained about the importance of regular health check-up during pregnancy.

Tracking system

As part of the campaign, a tracking system of pregnant women would be put in place in liaison with Primary Health Centres to regularly monitor their health upkeep. They urged the government to be more pro-active and make introduction of 108 ambulance services compulsory in every State so that pregnant women in rural areas could access healthcare facilities.

FOGSI also took up with the government the need to make available in all rural areas an injection which costs only Rs. 2 for preventing convulsions in pregnant women and to provide anti-shock garments to help reduce bleeding. S. Shantha Kumari, organising secretary of 54 {+t} {+h} AICOG gave an overview of various session and topics covered by experts during the five-day event.