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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The most common cause of Maternal Mortality in India is Obstetric Hemorrhage

Question 46
The most common cause of Maternal Mortality in India is
a. Obstetric haemorrhage
b. Anemia
c. Abortion / Septicemia
d. Obstructed labour
a. Obstetric Hemorrhage
Park 18th Page 414 Fig 9
Ä     The major causes of maternal death in India in 1998 (as per the Annual Report 2001 to 2002 of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India) are
o       Hemorrhage               - 29 %
o       Anemia                       - 19 %
o       Sepsis                          - 16 %
o       Obstructed Labour    - 10 %
o       Abortion                     - 09 %
o       Toxemia                      - 08 %
o       Others                         - 09 %
Self Explanatory
Ä     Please note that Severe Bleeding causes 25 % (one fourth) of all maternal deaths world wide
Since time immemorial, Post Partum Hemorrhage had been such a dreaded disease. Even the emperor of India could not save his wife Arjuman Banu Beham from dying due to post partum hemorrhage after giving birth to her 14th child on 7th June 1631 at Ahmed Nagar. Hope you all recognize the Emperor J J

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