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Mauritius: Maternal mortality in net increase since the past 2 years

Mauritius: Maternal mortality in net increase since the past 2 years
According to information from the newspaper L'Express of Mauritius and provided by an internal source at the Ministry of Health, women who died while giving birth has increased dramatically.
Today 62 out of 100,000 pregnant women die in childbirth, when they were only 28 mothers to die in 2011.

The Health Minister of Mauritius, Lormus Bundhoo did not confirm the figures put forward by the newspaper of L'Express but says that the rate is "quite important".

According to Bagooaduth kallooa, president of the Nursing Association, the galloping rise of maternal mortality over these last years would be largely as reason of the lack of a training programme destined for midwives, the lack of qualified personnel in maternity hospitals of the island or the displacement of some maternity nurses to other hospital services.

A health professional who works with young mothers who give birth states that some pregnant women arrive at the maternity give birth without having been medically monitored throughout their pregnancy.
This same professional also denounces the lack of gynecologists at key stages before delivery, during the night especially in maternity services in Mauritius.

"I do not understand why they cannot, as do other white coats, sleeping at the hospital and ensuring a permanence. Their presence is essential, as they are the only ones to make the decision which is necessary at the right time", she says.

Fabrice François

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