Health authorities unlikely to meet 2015 goal
Santo Domingo.- Despite president Danilo Medina’s stated goal of reducing maternal mortality, 99 deaths have been registered so far this year, three more than during the same period in 2012.
According to the “Situation Analysis of Children and Adolescents in the Dominican Republic,” 80% of the maternal deaths that occur in the country are preventable.
Lack of fulfillment of the rules, guidelines and care procedures, bio-security, delay in emergency obstetric care, shortages of medicines and equipment and the lack of specialized personnel on duty in the hospitals are the main factors associated with this situation, according to the study.
Five maternal deaths were registered in week 32, according to the latest Ministry of Health Epidemiological Report.
The hospitals with the highest death rates are José María Cabral y Báez, with 22, Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia Maternity Hospital, with 12, Los Mina Maternity Hospital, nine, Luis Eduardo Aybar, eight, Jaime Mota, four, Juan Pablo Pina, three, General Santiago Rodríguez, two, Antonio Musa, two, and Francisco Moscoso Puello, two. Another 31 unnamed centers registered 35 maternal deaths between them.
The main causes of maternal death are linked to hypertension, hemorrhage, sepsis and abortions and miscarriages, according to the report. It points out that although some improvements have been made since the implementation of the Zero Tolerance program, the country will not meet the objective of reducing the maternal mortality rate by 75% by 2015. This would mean reaching a rate below 47 per 100,000 in 2015, says the study.
Last year the Dominican Republic registered 175 maternal deaths, most occurring in the province of Santo Domingo, according to the health authorities.