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Mother mortality rate falls in Helmand last year

Mother mortality rate falls in Helmand last year

May 11, 2019 - 17:28

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): More than a dozen womeninfo-icon lost their lives during childbirth in southern Helmand province last year, but healthinfo-icon officials said on Saturday that pregnancy-related deaths in the province had decreased.

Dr. Ahmad Zia, the Bost provincial hospital director, told Pajhwok Afghan News around 14,444 women gave births in the hospital last year.

However, he said 13 women died during childbirth at the hospital, showing a decline in mother mortality rate compared to the past.

He did not provide figures for past deaths but said most of those women who lost their lives could not be delivered to the hospital on time due to insecurity.

On the other hand, Dr. Abdul Ahad Hazem, Public Health Director, told Pajhwok that they recorded 39,000 child births across the province last year.

He said there were health centers in many areas of the province and the issue of mother-child mortality had been resolved to a great extent.

But some security threats remained hurdle to patients as recently the Talibaninfo-icon militants banned some health centers,  raising deep concerns among people, he said.

Mukhtar Ahmad, a resident of Lashkargah, the provincial capital, accused Bost hospital officials and doctors of misbehaving with patients.

He said, “Patients lay on beds for several hours at the hospital but nurses and doctors do not pay attention to them.”



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