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General News of Tuesday, 4 January 2022


Delta says maternal death rate alarming, plans reduction

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Rgr Delta State Government has decried the rate of maternal and perinatal deaths especially at the primary healthcare facilities in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, made this known at the launching of Delta State Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response Report for 2019-2020 in Asaba on Monday.

Ononye lamented the rate at which pregnant women and the babie died during birth in the state, calling on doctors to work as a team in saving life.

He said, “It is very bad and painful for a woman who carried pregnancy for seven to nine months and lost it even after the family members might have been expecting a baby after the nine months.

“For me, the number presented is still at the alarming rate. We need to do all possible best to reduce the rate.

While commending the MPDSR committee for the report, Ononye said the report was important and would serve as a working tool.

The commissioner commended UNICEF and Rotary Club for their assistance and call for improved partnership in 2022.

Presenting the report on behalf of the Chairman, MPDSR Steering Committee, Prof. Patrick Okonta, the co-Chairman, Dr. Iyesere Gaius, identified haemorrhage, obstruction labour and infection among others as the causes of maternal death while birth asphyxia, low birth weight, neonatal sepsis, jaundice and placenta defects among others were identified as causes of perinatal death.

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