Safe Motherhood Day, 11th April 2012
of Public Health, PGIMER in collaboration with Chandigarh Health
Administration celebrated “Safe Motherhood Day” at their Maternal and
Child Health centre at Polyclinic, Sector-45 today with about 100 pregnant
and lactating mothers. The celebrations started with the welcome address
by Dr. Krishna Chaudhary, SMO In-charge, Polyclinic Sector-45.
Dr. Madhu Gupta, Assistant Professor of Community Medicine, School of
Public Health, PGIMER told that about 215 pregnant women die per lakh live
births every year in India, and most of these deaths are preventable.
Bleeding after delivery is the most common cause of maternal deaths, hence
all deliveries should be conducted in hospitals. She told about the danger
signs during pregnancy like bursting of water bag, vaginal bleeding,
convulsions, very high fever and severe anaemia. Occurrence of these
symptoms should be immediately reported to a nearby hospital. Importance
of delivery in hospitals with blood bank facility was demonstrated by role
play by Dr. Navpreet, Dr. Madhanraj and colleagues. The audience responded
enthusiastically during the discussion after the role play. Sh. Ram Singh
Saini, Social worker from local area enlightened the audience about
various facilities available for pregnant women like free ambulance
service by dialing 108, Rs 4000 available under Indira Gandhi Matritva
Sahyog Yojna and free delivery with care of the newborn under Janani
Shishu Suraksha Karyakarm.