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WHO Experts call for intensified efforts to reduce maternal, newborn deaths


WHO Experts call for intensified efforts to reduce maternal, newborn deaths

New Delhi:  Experts have called for strengthening sexual and reproductive health services in member countries of WHO South-East Asia region, to reduce deaths of mothers and babies, which continues to be at “unacceptable levels”.

“Though millions of lives are now being saved due to efforts in recent years, it is unacceptable that mothers or babies continue to die from preventable causes,” said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director, WHO South-East Asia.

“We must focus on neglected sexual and reproductive health issues such as post pregnancy family planning, comprehensive abortion care, and prevention and management of cervical cancer,” she added.

Khetrapal was speaking at the South-East Asia region’s technical advisory group (TAG) meeting for women’s and children’s health in the national capital, a WHO statement said.

The expert group acknowledged that many countries in the region had made significant progress since 1990, contributing to 69 per cent decline in maternal deaths by 2015, 70 per cent reduction in under-five deaths and 60 per cent reduction in newborn mortality by 2018.

More needs to be done to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals for health, the statement said.

The TAG, comprising experts from the region and across the globe, recommended focused measures to address both direct and indirect causes of maternal and newborn deaths and prevent stillbirths.

Early marriage and adolescent pregnancies increase the health risk to both mothers and babies, especially as the young mothers themselves are under-nourished and anaemic.

Countries must invest in health services tailored to the needs of their adolescent population, including access to sexual and reproductive health-related information, the TAG recommended.

Quality abortion services including post-abortion care and increasing access to contraception is another area to focus on. Every year nearly 6 million women are treated for complications related to unsafe abortions in the region, it said.

The TAG recommended ensuring quality antenatal care services, especially in the third trimester, for identifying complications and taking remedial measures to minimise the impact on mothers, their unborn and newborns.

Increased budgets for health- particularly for maternal and child health programmes, trained health workforce, especially midwifery personnel, access to essential services and medicines, and continued focus on institutional deliveries, were key to reduction in maternal, child and neonatal deaths, the TAG, which met here on January 15 and 16, reiterated.

High quality sexual and reproductive health services were integral to any drive towards universal health coverage, while access to quality services was a right of everyone, everywhere, Khetrapal said.

The WHO regional director has been promoting universal health coverage and reduction in preventable maternal, child and newborn deaths, as flagship priority programmes in WHO South-East Asia region.

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    Rajendra Srivastava January 23, 2019, 11:11 am

    Government must at least double the budget allocation for health and education. Decorative expenses on bureaucrats and politicians would be difficult to stop. The civil society (community leaders and every educated person) needs to oversee and ensure implementation of various Govt plans and schemes. Endless complaining will be of little use.

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    Dr RAMESHVARDHAN January 22, 2019, 2:16 pm

    WE SPENDING FOR HEALTH CARE IS ABOUT 1% OF OUR GDP , THAT MEANS THE GOVERNMENT/S ARE SPENDING AROUND RS 1100/ YEAR. AS TOLD BY SERVRAL POLITICIANS IN THEIR PUBLI SPEACHS & PRIVATE , MORE THAN 80% OF THE MONEY IS SYPHONED OUT ( EATEN AWAY BY THE BABUS THE BUEROCRATES AND THEIR BOSSES). THAT MEANS HARDLY RUPEES 200 SPENT PER PERSON PER YEAR. THAT COMES 3 US DOLLARS / YEAR. WITH THIS MONEY WE CAN\’T EVEN BUY PEANUTS FOR A WEEK. EXPECTING GOOD HEALTH LOOS UNFAIR . UNLESS AND UNTIL THE UNNECESSARY , UNWANTED SPENDING
    ON THE BUETIFICATIONS OF THE OFFICES OF THE BABUS AND THEIR BOSSES , A C BILLS, RUNNING OF HUGE CARS WITH DRIVERS, DOOR KEEPERS, COFFEE SERVERS. SOME TO CARRY THEIR BRIEFCASES STOPS WITH IMMEDIATELY . AND ALSO TO MANAGE ENTIRE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND MEDICAL EDUCATION BY THE HIGHLY QUALIFIED, COMMITED , SKILLFUL DOCTORS THINKS CAN NEVER IMPOROVE EVEN AFTER SPENDING THE EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF MONEY. ACCORDING TO ME THE WHOLE SYSTEM IS BADLY MANAGED BY THE CORRUPT CUNNING , UN PROFESSIONAL BABUS THE BUEROCRATES. This has to stop with out further delay ,then only we can anticipate Some good results.