124 women died during childbirth this year in the Central region, according to figures disclosed by the regional delegation of Public Health, during the awareness campaign conducted a few days ago on maternal and child health.
During the same period, 1,500 newborns died in the region. According to Dr. Noël Vogue (regional coordinator of maternal-newborn health), the number of "newborn deaths is still high".
He explains that these newborns died as a result of pathologies that were not addressed during prenatal visits. This is why the said awareness campaign was organized. It highlights the importance of prenatal consultations, especially in this period marked by the covid-19 health crisis.
"We note that besides Covid-19, due to which some patients are reluctant to go to the hospital, the population is still oblivious of the necessities for prenatal visits. There are also rumors that circulate keeping families away from health facilities. Such situation is likely to aggravate the health of mothers, newborns, adolescents, and premature babies,” Dr. Nöel Vogue said.
He regrets the fact that "special measures are not really taken. In the ethics of pregnancy and childbirth, it is said that a birth preparation plan is needed. Women should therefore go to health facilities where qualified personnel are available.”
The specialist suggests the pregnant woman and her family should mobilize blood donors because blood loss is one of the causes of death while there are fewer donors.