The Health Ministry is observing Safe Motherhood Day
Health Minister Zahed Malek has advised women to avoid getting a caesarean section unless there is a complication during delivery.
The minister stated this while addressing the press at an event observing Safe Motherhood Day at the Health Ministry on Tuesday.
He has also said expecting mothers should be brought to the hospital, during delivery, to avoid unnecessary complications.
The minister said: "Bangladesh has been observing Safe Motherhood Day since 1997. Though Bangladesh did not meet the Millennium Development Goals—with regards to reducing the maternal mortality rate—the government continues to work to this aim.
"The maternal mortality rate was expected to have reduced to 143 people for every 100,000 by 2015. However, in 2017 the rate was 176 and by 2018-19 it was reduced to 172 people. For the Sustainable Development Goal, the government is working to bring the rate down to 70 people by the year 2030."
"To reduce maternal mortality rates, our advice is that the mother in labour be brought to hospital. Unless it is too complicated, we suggest a caesarean section be avoided," the minister said.
"If the poverty rate is reduced and nutrition rates are increased – the maternal mortality rate will automatically be reduced. We are hiring more human resources in this regard," he added.