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Bleeding: Foremost Cause of Maternal Deaths

Posted: May 1, 2015 at 9:58 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Celestine Amoke, Lagos

Bleeding during pregnancy or childbirth has been identified as the greatest contributor to maternal deaths in the country.

This was the observation of the Vice President, Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of  Nigeria (SOGON), Dr. Ireti Akinola, while speaking  at the Fifth Quarterly Civil Society/Media Forum in Lagos on Thursday, April 29, 2015.

The forum with the theme, “Reducing Maternal Deaths: Causes and Way Forward” was organised by Development  Communications Network (DevComs), a non-governmental organisation supported by MacArthur Foundation.

Akinola, who said the cause of bleeding (haemorrhage) could be unpredictable advocated use of skilled attendants  during delivery as a single most important intervention in preventing maternal deaths.

H e also said that access to skilled delivery care is crucial to prevent stillbirths and to improve newborn’s survival.

The gynaecologist  who noted that availability of blood is critical to prevention of bleeding , lamented the poor attitude of Nigerians to blood donation.

He decried the inadequacy of donated blood at blood banks across the country and encouraged Nigerians to cultivate the habit of donating blood, saying that nobody knows who might need it to survive an illness or accident.