Approximately 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth related complications, around the world everyday. Recently in Ghaziabad  Gynaecologists from across the country, met  to address the urgent need to reduce the maternal mortality rate (MMR).

At present, India tops the rate of maternal deaths worldwide, according to UN figures. Columbia Asia Hospital and Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Society (GOGS) of India organised the meet, which was attended by more than 70 doctors from around the world.

At present, the maternal mortality rate (MMR) of India is 212 per one lakh live births, whereas the country’s target is to reduce it to 109 per one lakh live births by 2015.

According to doctors, in order to curb the problem mothers- to-be should go for proper checkups which ensures early detection, timely intervention and prevention. The major complications that account for 80 percent of all maternal deaths are: severe bleeding (mostly after childbirth), infections (usually after childbirth), high blood pressure during pregnancy and unsafe abortion.