Karachi- Consultant Gynecologist Dr Nighat Shah said today that 24 to 27% women die from Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH) in all maternal deaths and it is considered the leading cause of deaths among women in Pakistan.

He was addressing a press conference organized by Pakistan National Forum on Women’s Health (PNFWH) on the International Women Day, to be observed on 8th March. President PNFWH Dr Shershah Syed, General Secretary PMA Karachi, Dr Qazi Wasiq and Advisor Midwifery Fareeda Shah also spoke.

Dr Nighat said that primary PPH is usually due to uterine atony, the failure of the uterus to contract and retract, which can be prevented by taking some necessary steps. He said in Pakistan every second women is anaemic and little blood loss during birth can lead to death. He added that the management of PPH is essential to reduce the current high maternal mortality rate. He said that women across the world are now vaccinated to prevent cancer and there is need for such vaccination before marriage in Pakistan.

President PNFWH Dr Shershah Syed said more than 8,000 women are dying every year because of PPH in Pakistan and about 150,000 women suffer from complications related to PPH. He added that 60% of the PPH related deaths can be prevented with effective usage of medicines like Misoprostol.

Fareeda Shah stressed the need of training the more than 200,000 midwives in the country. She said these skilled midwives at our basic health units and rural health centers could help save the life of women in pregnancy related deaths. Dr Qazi Wasiq said family planning programs are vital in reducing pregnancy-related deaths in Pakistan.