1st national report on maternal deaths unveiled

Amman, Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Monday attended a ceremony to launch the first national report on maternal deaths for the year 2018, which monitors national achievements in this field.According to 2015 World Health Organisation estimates, Jordan h…

Amman, Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Monday attended a ceremony to launch the first national report on maternal deaths for the year 2018, which monitors national achievements in this field.

According to 2015 World Health Organisation estimates, Jordan had a maternal mortality rate of 58 deaths per 100,000 live births, and the figure officially dropped to 29.8 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2018, Health Minister Saad Jaber said during the ceremony.

In opening remarks, Razzaz said that the Kingdom's healthcare situation in general and maternal death reduction figures in particular, are "very promising."

He pointed to the "advanced" maternal health indicators Jordan had achieved, where Health Ministry statistics indicate that 98 per cent of mothers give birth in hospitals, in addition to the presence of 120 maternal and childhood care centres in the Kingdom, figures that are key to enhance maternal and neonatal health.

The premier pointed to the partnership between the Ministry of Health, Royal Medical Services and the private health sector to monitor accurate data about the causes of maternal death in order to study them, stressing that "what is more important than the results is the approach on which health policies are based according to fixed figures and facts."

He stressed that the maternal deaths' national monitoring and response system had gone along way, but still more awareness is needed about many topics that pose great risks to maternal health, including anemia and birth at a later age.

Razzaz also thanked the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for its support to achieve a better health system that meets the aspirations of the public and fulfills His Majesty King Abdullah's vision for health insurance for all citizens.

For his part, the Health Minister said that the report clearly showed positive indicators in maternal mortality reduction due to an improvement in the overall health services to mothers, in terms of quality and accessibility.

He noted the establishment of the national maternal mortality monitoring and response system with support from the integrated healthcare project, which is funded by USAID and other partners, to monitor the deaths of women of reproductive age (15-49) when they occur and learn about the causes of death to prevent similar deaths.

Jaber said that the system obligated all hospitals in the public and private sectors, university hospitals and forensic sections to report all deaths of women of reproductive age within 24 hours of death.

Charge d'Affaires of the US Embassy Karen Sasahara stressed her country's support of the Jordanian government to enhance maternal health and reduce mortality rates that have social and economic consequences on families and society.

She noted that a low maternal mortality rate in Jordan is an indication of the quality of the health system in general, adding that the data in the report can be used to develop comprehensive plans to reduce maternal deaths that are avoidable.

Source: Jordan News Agency