'Unsafe motherhood is leading to a large number of deaths of woman in the country', said Prof Anuradha Khanna, head, department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Banaras Hindu University during a press conference on Tuesday.
As many as 360 women were dying per day in the country and the maternal mortality rate (MMR) was still high (between 400-600 per one lakh populations) in the country, she said. More than 60 per cent of married woman were still not using contraceptives and majority of them were getting pregnant before the age of 14 years, she added while hinting at the gravity of the situation.
We need to accept that society is changing and unsafe sex practices and increasing incidences of pre-marital affairs were further adding to the problems, she said. The changing life style and obesity were also contributing to the woes of these women, as they were witnessing different forms of stomach cancer including colon cancer, she added.
Referring to the increasing incidences of cervical cancer in the region, she said that Sir Sunderlal (SSL) Hospital, BHU was presently witnessing 2.4 cases of cervical cancer per one thousand women against 0.4 per one thousand in the country. But, it is a referral centre and women from neighbouring states and district also come to get treatment at the centre. Still, nearly four to five per cent of women patients visiting the OPD on a daily basis were witnessing advanced form of cervical cancer and similar number of patients has the cancer at preliminary stage, she added.
Dr Manjari Mata, senior gynaecologist of the department said that cervical cancer had already emerged as the most common form of cancer in female genital organs and unsafe sex practices were adding to the severity of the ailment.
Symposium on safe motherhood from Nov 6
VARANASI: The department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Banaras Hindu University and Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society of India (FOGSI), Varanasi Branch would jointly organize three-day symposium cum continuing medical education (CME) program, starting from November 6 to November 8.
Giving details of the programme in a press conference on Tuesday, Organizing secretary and head, department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, BHU, Prof Anuradha Khanna said that a number of issues related to safe motherhood, infertility, preventive oncology and contraception would be covered in the programme. Similarly, recent advances in endoscopic surgeries would be also shown live in the programme, she added.
It may be mentioned here that the joint programme would be held under the aegis of 21st UP Chapter of FOGSI that would also witness participation of over 500 gynaecologists and specialists from different parts of the country and abroad. A number of senior faculty members including Prof LK Pandey, Prof Sulekha Pandey and Prof Manjari Mata were also present on the occasion.