Maternal deaths on the rise in Almora districtby The Daily Eye Team December 16 2014, 2:42 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 45 secs
The number of maternal deaths in Almora district is on the rise as despite special provisions in the National Health Mission to protect mothers and children post-delivery, poor condition of equipment and shortage of doctors have affected the functioning of hospitals in the district. According to Health Department sources in Almora, over 34 women have died during or post-delivery in the hospitals in the district in the last six years. ??he post-delivery deaths, mostly in rural hospitals, occurred due to shock, severe anaemia, jaundice, high bold pressure and bleeding after delivery,??said Deepak Bhatt, manager, National Health Mission programmes in Almora district. They said of the 38 posts of woman doctor in Almora district, there were only six permanent doctors, 16 contractual doctors while 16 posts were vacant. ??esides vacant posts of woman doctor, posts of paediatrician and anaesthetist in Almora hospitals are also lying vacant for long,??said the sources.