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Hemorrhage among leading causes of maternal death - NSO

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (7 October) -- Hemorrhage continues to be one of the leading causes of maternal deaths in Southern Mindanao.

In a presentation on the Highlights of the National Demographic Health & Family Planning Survey made by Leah Magracia of the National Statistics Office during the 3-day (October 4-6) Regional Forum on Local Government Population program held at Ponce Suites along Bajada, Davao City.

Records from the Department of Southern Mindanao showed that hemorrhage accounted for about 63.6 percent of the total cases of maternal mortality in 2000.

Maternal mortality refers to deaths of mothers owing to deliveries and complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth.

Other common causes of maternal mortality were sepsis-septicemia, toxemia of pregnancy, and abortion in 2000.

Septicemia accounted for 12.1 percent of the total cases of maternal deaths. Abortion and Toxemia of pregnancy each comprised 6.1 percent of the total deaths.

The remaining cases were caused by different kinds of maternal complications. Over the years, hemorrhage has been a major cause of maternal mortality. It peaked in 1996 when it represented 70.2 percent of the total maternal deaths. Twenty-five percent of total maternal deaths in 1997 were caused by the illness.

Toxemia is a condition of abnormality brought about by toxic substance in the blood during pregnancy. Abortion became the second cause of maternal deaths. It registered seven cases representing 16.7 percent of the total deaths.

Another common cause of maternal mortality is septicemia. It is a toxic condition resulting from the spread of bacteria or their products.

The 3-day Population Congress/forum sponsored by the Population Commission in region eleven carries the theme: "29 years of progressive development of the population program at the local level" graced by no less than Popcom Executive Director Tom Osias from NSO Manila; DOH XI Director Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial; Popcm XI Director Maduh Damsani; Popcom ARD Erwin Dalog; Assistant CHO Dr. Sam Cruz; and other ranking officials from the different government organizations. (PIA) [top]

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