Maternal mortality 'too high in Pakistan'

Pregnancy-related complications are causing the deaths of up to 30,000 women in Pakistan every year, it has been reported.

Up to three women an hour lose their lives in such a manner, according to The Health of Women in Pakistan, an annual report by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Pakistan (SOGP) - FIGO's affiliate in the country.

IRIN Asia reports how Pakistan's maternal mortality rate is currently 34 per 10,000 pregnancies.

Shershah Syed, SOGP president, says 375,000 women suffer pregnancy-related complications in Pakistan every year.

He adds: "Vesico-vaginal fistula, recto-vaginal fistula, depression, chronic pelvic pain, malfunctioning of the uterus, infertility and pelvic inflammatory diseases are the major complications faced by our women, making their lives miserable.

Dr Shah comments that all these conditions are preventable with the necessary levels of medical care.

Earlier this week, Lausi Adamu, a former fistula patient from Malawi, told IPS that African governments need to tackle poverty issues in order to help sufferers of this condition.