PESHAWAR: Doctors urged the government to include life saving drugs like Misoprostol in the drugs’ list in order to control maternal mortality rate as every year 350,000 women loss their lives during child-birth.
Doctors in a seminar under the title “Saving Mothers in Communities” asked the central and provincial governments for taking priority basis measures in order to cope with the issue of maternal mortality as Pakistan is among the top three countries, after India and Nigeria, where maternal mortality rate is high.
The speakers said that in Pakistan around 350,000 women die per year from preventable complications related to pregnancy and child-birth.
The seminar was organized by Khwendo Kor, a non-profit organization, with the collaboration of Mercy Corps (MC), and Research and Advocacy Fund (RAF), in a local hotel of provincial metropolis on Thursday . The workshop was aimed to reduce maternal mortality ratio by addressing policies and practices.
Project coordinator Khwendo Kor, Hafeezullah, said the project was aimed to address complications because of post-partum hemorrhage. “The project will enable us to control maternal mortality across the country,” he said.
He added that the government should include Misoprostol (tablets) in essential drugs’ list of labor room and also ensure proper utilization of the tablets to save mothers.
A gynecologist, Dr. Bukhtila, said that complications during pregnancy could be addressed by adopting easy ways recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Misoprostol should be provided to the patients as per recommendation of the WHO because the tablets are cheaper than injectable medicines as well as easy to use.
Coordinator of Maternal and Neonatal Child health, Dr. Perviz Kamal, said that the authorities concerned and NGOs should take the issue seriously while paying heed to address the complications caused by post-partum hemorrhage.
He requested public to consult gynecologists in delivery cases in order to avoid mishaps.
Representatives of non-profit organizations, newsmen, and government officials were present on the occasion.