Update October 6, 2015

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Pregnancy related deaths annually 7300

Sumel Sarker


Pregnancy related deaths annually 7300

6 October 2015, Nirapad News: Obstetric Fistula (OF) a disease that kills at least 2000 pregnant women a year in the country is not only a health problem but also social and human rights issue.

According to a study under “National Fistula Strategy”, 2011-2016

OF afflicted girls or women usually end up their marital relation being divorced by their husbands and rejected by their families and societies.

But the ill-fated OF patients are usually young, illiterate, poor, rural girls who had been married out at a very young age, became pregnant soon after their marriage but not get adequate antenatal care.

Most of the time, these girls are bound to deliver their baby at home even with prolonged or obstructed labour with attendance of traditional birth attendant as their husbands reluctant to take to hospital. As a consequence the girls give birth of stillborn babies.

“About 7300 women are dying each year due to pregnancy related causes, where Obstretic Fistula (OF) causes 2000 deaths among 7300,” said another study conducted in 2010.

The information reveled at a dissemination workshop on “National Fistula Strategy” today at CIRDUP auditorium in the city.

Health Secretary Syed Manjurul Islam was the chief guest at the programme where Joint Chief of Planning wing under the ministry Helal Uddin and UNFPA representative Argentina Matavel Piccin were present among others health experts.

Syed Manjurul Islam emphasized to create mass awareness and advocacy from the community health providers to prevent the disease.He also said government and non-government effort is essential to combat the disease.

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