Call to bring down maternal mortality ratio

Staff Reporter

Gujarat highest with an annual death of 40,000 women Gujarat highest with an annual death of 40,000 women

TIRUCHI: Speakers at the inaugural of the Continuing Medical Education programme organised by the Tiruchi Obstetric and Gynaecological Society underlined the need for bringing down the rate of maternal mortality ratio in the country.

They called upon the gynaecologists to update their knowledge to meet the challenges posed by this branch of medicine, by participating in the continuing medical education programmes.

Inaugurating the CME, the Dean, K.A.P. Viswanatham Medical College, T. Raveendran, said the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) was causing serious concern to the medical fraternity in India. With the annual death of about 1.36 lakh pregnant women, the MMR stood at 55 deaths per 1,000 live births, resulting in the `needless death' of a woman every five minutes. The highest rate of MMR was in Gujarat with an annual death of 40,000 women, followed by Orissa and Rajasthan.

Dr. Raveendran said the country accounted for the highest maternal mortality ratio in South Asia.

Most victims, he said, belonged to pregnant mothers in the age group 13-19 who developed ill-health due to childbirth complications and stress. He appealed to the gynaecologists present on the occasion to address the issue by ensuring proper care for pregnant women.

The sharp influx in medical tourism was indicative of the fact that clinical care through corporate hospitals in the country had percolated to even minor metros like Tiruchi, he said.

The high quality health care delivery at these hospitals with international standards was economically affordable.

The former National vice president of the Indian Medical Association, M. S. Ashraf, said among the different branches of medicine, gynaecology posed several changes, due to several complications the pregnant mothers developed. A proper interaction with the pregnant mothers would go a long way in partly meeting the challenges.

The president of Indian Medical Association, S. Ponniah, inaugurated the library of the Society by handing over a set of books to its president, Rameswari Nalluswami.

The secretary, Malathy G. Prasad, said the society has planned to construct a building.

A workshop on hysteroscopy and laproscopy was held as part of the CME.

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