MM. Legnain 1, R. Singh 2, P. Nayak 1, R. Anjaneyulu 1.
1-Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faoulty of Medicine, Al-Arab Medical University, Benghazi, G. S.P.LAJ. 2-Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Arab Medical University, Benghazi, G. S.P.L.A.J.
Garyounis Medical Journal Vol.13, No.1-2. January/July 1990:58-64
A study of maternal deaths was carried out at Al-Jamahiriya Hospital, Benghazi. During the four year period (1981 to 1984) 13 maternal deaths were observed during 61,161 livebirths. The mat ernal mortality rate of 21.25 per 100,000 livebirths was low compared with the national rate or the rate prevailing in other Arab countries, except Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar. At Benghazi there were three deaths each from post partum haemorrhage after vaginal delivery and caesarean section and from pre-eclampsia. There was one death each from uterine rupture and perforation, sepsis and an acute vascular episode. Maternal mortality was closely related to age and parity, there was no death under 24 years and most occurred after 30 years. All women were para 4 or more except one primigravida. For all cases except one the gestation was 28 weeks or more. One-third of deaths had avoidable factors which were delay in seeking antenatal and hospital care, and inappropriate action by health personnel. Better organization of MCH and Family Welfare Services and early reporting for tertiary care was needed to reduce further maternal losses.
Keywords: Maternal Mortality At Al-Jamahiriya Hospital Benghazi: 1981 To 1984