By Ishrat Ansari for Express Tribune: ‘No woman should die during childbirth even if she gives birth in a tent’
Karachi: No woman should die during childbirth, even if she has a baby in a tent with no medical facilities, said experts at a seminar on Thursday.
The three main causes of maternal death – severe bleeding after delivery, infection and eclampsia – are preventable, said consultant obstetric and gynaecologist at Aga Khan University (AKU) Dr Lumaan Sheikh. She was speaking at a seminar held at AKU on Thursday to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Every day almost 800 women die during pregnancy or childbirth around the world, he shared, adding that, in 2013, 289,000 women died in under-developed countries in Asia and Africa. Forty-two per cent women experience complications during pregnancy while 15 per cent women face complications that could be life-threatening, Dr Sheikh said.