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30,000 women die of pregnancy related complications annually

30,000 women die of pregnancy related complications annually

KARACHI: Senior Radiologist Tanveer Khalid Zuberi on Saturday said that correct ultrasound during the first three months of pregnancy could save women from related complications.

She said this while addressing a seminar on the topic, ‘Early Pregnancy, its Complication and its Management’ organised by Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) in collaboration with Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Pakistan (SOGP) at PMA House Karachi.

Tanveer Zuberi’s book title “Ultrasound in First Trimester” was also launched on the occasion. Professor Sadiqua Jafarey chaired the event.

Other eminent health experts Dr Shershah Syed, Dr Nighat Shah, Dr Sonia Naqvi, Prof Sadiqua Jafarey and Dr Qazi Wasiq also spoke on the occasion.

Tanveer stressed the need for creating awareness among masses about pregnancy related difficulties and to save women from complications.

Former president SOGP Dr Shershah Syed informed that about 30,000 women die in Pakistan annually due to pregnancy related complications.

Moreover, he added that around 400,000 women faced pregnancy related complications.

Talking about Tanveer’s book, he said all post graduate students in OBGY and family physicians should have the book for references. Terming the book comprehensive on the subject, Dr Shershah said it contains information about ultrasound benefits and complications that women might during pregnancy.

Dr Nighat Shah said that more than 50 percent women experience early pregnancy losses in general population. She said a large number of women do not even recognise that they have lost pregnancy and unfortunately get unscientific treatment from quacks and traditional birth attendants.

She said that a majority of women suffer miscarriages because of congenital abnormalities due to genetic disorder. “During this time, a patient needs care, which can be provided at a hospital,” she said.

Speaking about technicalities related to the ultrasound machine, Dr Sonia Naqvi said that it was a great instrument that acts as an eye and ear for the obstetrician in early pregnancy. She said that all obstetricians should be able to conduct ultrasonic examination in early pregnancy.

According to Dr Sonia, all MBBS doctors should be trained in basic ultrasound techniques.

Prof Sadiqa Jafarey said that the book written by radiologist Tanveer was a need of all times and postgraduates should use it in their clinical practice.

Daily Times

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