DHAKA: Expectant mothers are still vulnerable in Bangladesh as many of them die every year due to poor healthcare.
Though different levels of maternal services are available in Bangladesh, 83% delivery of the country is experiencing sans official service.
Consequently, the rate of maternal death decreased but the risk of death sustains.
Every year real time delivery and after delivery complexities claim 194 lives out of lakh, a research says.
USAID says, annually some 340,000 mother die and around 1000,000 suffer during pregnancy and delivery hours. More than 20, 00,000 infants die within 24 hours after their birth in a year as well.
While NGO survey says a mother dies in every 20 minutes.
According to World Heath Organization (WHO), 16% mom gets no service during delivery and after delivery periods.
DHS says, only 32% delivery experiences skilled midwife.
On May 3 in a health conference, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque said, the mortality rate of mothers decreased despite a major portion still is not in touch of the maternal health service. So the government needs to increase its service coverage.
Health secretary Humayun Kabir told banglanews, the government is trying to increase the periphery of maternal service and conscious the people concurrently.
He also emphasized on recruiting new skilled staffs.
WHO and UNICEF research reveals, chronic malnutrition rate is around 32% in the country which is another big factor for the death of pregnant women.
According to Reproductive health programme of Health Directorate, maternal service is available in all medical colleges, 62 district hospitals, 401 upazila health complexes, seventy Mother and child center and other organizations.
The Health Minister in the conference said, government already trained 3,000 women and keen to train another 15,000 to turn them skilled midwife within 2015.
The minister also said, this midwives will help mother during delivery periods and will ensure that the new infants able to breathe just after their birth.
BDST: 1350 HRS, May 8, 2012
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