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Late hospitalisation,anaemia & haemorrhage major causes for maternal deaths: report

A PMC audit committee reviewing 15 maternal deaths from April to June this year found that severe anaemia,post partum haemorrhage and delay by high-risk pregnant woman to avail of hospitalisation and medical treatment were among the major causes of death.

A PMC audit committee reviewing 15 maternal deaths from April to June this year found that severe anaemia,post partum haemorrhage and delay by high-risk pregnant woman to avail of hospitalisation and medical treatment were among the major causes of death.

The civic body’s maternal death audit committee reported 15 deaths in corporation,Sassoon Hospital and a few private hospitals. Dr Anjali Sabne,Acting Deputy Medical Officer of Health,PMC,said most of the women were from neighbouring cities. Six deaths were of women from the city.

“We found in several instances that a pregnant woman despite being told about her high-risk status did not report to the hospital on time. The process of transferring them from a hospital from an adjoining city to Pune’s hospitals takes its toll,” said Sabne.

“These are all preventable causes and measures have been introduced like ante-natal care (ANC) registration and tracking of each pregnant woman,” said district civil surgeon Dr V More.

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Our maternal death audit committees review the situation in the city and district and try to address the problems. Hospital doctors and gynaecologists are urged to attend continuing medical education programmes and PMC will also start conducting medical check-up camps for high-risk ANC women,said More.

Dr Sanjeev Wavare,Reproductive Child Health (RCH) nodal officer,PMC,said there were around 13,000-14,000 women registered for ANC care at 14 hospitals run by the corporation. At least 3 per cent suffer from anaemia and some others from problems like hypertension. At PMC-run Kamala Nehru Hospital and Sonawane Hospital,more than 40-50 pregnant women are registered daily.

The health check-up camps will focus on high-risk pregnant women to reduce maternal mortality rate. They will be screened for various ailments by gynaecologists while a local committee of doctors at each hospital will also conduct meetings for women living below the poverty line to provide them health-related information.

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“They will be told about precautionary measures to be taken in addition to the diet that should be avoided,” Wavare said.

PMC authorities during their inspection drive found that eight nursing homes were not registered. Dr Kishore Pakhare,Assistant Medical Officer of Health ,PMC,said maternal deaths were registered at all these eight nursing homes.

First published on: 14-07-2012 at 01:56:41 am
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