Nepal has highest maternal death rate in South Asia

March 15th, 2008 - 11:32 pm ICT by admin  

Kathmandu, Mar 15 (ANI): Maternal Death Rate (MDR) in Nepal is the highest among the South Asian countries, according to a global health network.
According to the statistics made public by Federation of Safe Motherhood Network (FSMN) on Saturday, 281 out of 100,000 mothers die untimely during the postnatal stage in Nepal.
FSMN also released statistics that point out that three infants die every hour and one maternal death takes place every four hours.
The MDR, which has reduced in the past few years, is still the highest in Nepal among the South Asian countries.
FSMN President Dr Arju Deuba Rana said that the MDR could be reduced significantly by social awareness.
The network also indicated that lack of awareness regarding health facilities and weak access of the general public to the existing health facilities is responsible for the high MDR in the country, kantipuronline reported. (ANI)

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