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5,200 women die annually due to pregnancy, childbirth

2016-10-28 15:55:54
5,200 women die annually due to pregnancy, childbirth Desk:

Some 5,200 women in Bangladesh die each year due to pregnancy and childbirth, according to a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report.

"Currently, 5,200 maternal deaths occur annually in the country making up eight percent of total deaths among women of reproductive age," said UNFPA representative Argentina Matavel Piccin at a report emphasizing strengthening midwifery in the country, reports BSS.

"83,100 babies are stillborn and there are 76,000 neonatal deaths every year. Skilled birth attendance at delivery is 42 per cent, institutional delivery is 38 per cent," she added.

Therefore, the UNFPA sought more attention on the education, retention and professional development of the midwives also.

Terming midwives the heartbeat of maternal and newborn health, Director General of Health Services Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad siad, "We are looking into how midwifery in Bangladesh can be improved to make sure mothers and babies receive the professional care they require."

We also need to further increase efforts to ensure women come to facilities to deliver, we are not yet up to mark, he added.

He expressed the government's desire to deploy Midwives up to Union levels to increase the quality of maternal health service delivery.

In terms of maternal health, global evidence shows that midwives deliver the most effective sexual reproductive, maternal and newborn health interventions, and are able to avert over 80 per cent of maternal deaths in countries like Bangladesh.

Ends/ 28, 2016

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