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Maternal mortality remains very high in Cameroon ; the number of women who die while giving birth is estimated at 9000 per year, according to figures released Friday by the Department of Public Health.

“These figures are still high, and the objective of the Cameroonian authorities is to reduce them at least by two thirds by 2015”, said the Minister of Health Andre Mama Fouda.

As a prelude to the celebration on May 8 of the African Day of maternal and infant mortality reduction, the Cameroonian authorities focused on awareness, especially as according to studies, many women die during child birth for lack of adequate monitoring during pregnancy.

Medical sources also indicate that there are still women who reach their ninth month of pregnancy without any pre-natal consultation.

The causes of death were varied, although direct obstetric consequences which constitute 75 percent of deaths were related to hemorrhage (bleeding), complications of unsafe abortions (arterial and convulsive hypertension), infections and obstructed labor.

Results from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) show that maternal mortality follows an evolutionary curve of about 2 percent, moving from 6,000 deaths in 1998 to7, 500 in 2004 and 9000 deaths in 2010. [Via]


posted by S A J Shirazi @ 2:19 PM,


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