Maternal Mortality at Lady Willingdon Hospital, Lahore
Keywords:Maternal Mortality, Eclampsia, Hemorrhage, Sepsis
A study conducted at Gynaecology Unit III, Lady Willingdon Hospital, Lahore from May 2001 to October 2002. The aim of the study was to identify the causes of maternal mortality. According to the results of the study the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) was 519/100,000 (31 deaths /5976 births). The leading cause of death was eclampsia in 12 patients, hemorrhage in 7 patients, complications relating to unsafe abortion in 6 patients. Majority of the patients were unbooked and presented in the hospital very late. Most of the factors responsible for maternal mortality were avoidable and the need to improve the primary health care was an important factor.
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