GUYANA NEEDS TO PLACE MORE FOCUS ON MATERNAL MORBIDITY – INTERNATIONAL MIDWIFE

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In an exclusive interview with HGP Nightly News,Renatta Burnette, Regional Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Dr. Jane Smith emphasized the need for greater attention on Maternal Morbidity in Guyana.

Maternal Morbidity refers to the physical and emotional complications that can occur during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. These complications can range from minor issues such as fatigue and morning sickness to more severe conditions such as pre-eclampsia and postpartum depression.

According to Dr. Smith, while the local health sector is making progress in reducing the high incidence of maternal deaths in Guyana, there is still a significant gap in addressing Maternal Morbidity. She explains, “Maternal Morbidity can have a significant impact on the overall health and well-being of mothers and their families, yet it is often overlooked in our efforts to improve maternal health outcomes.”

Dr. Smith suggests that a more comprehensive approach to maternal health care is needed, including addressing maternal deaths and the physical and emotional complications that can occur during pregnancy and childbirth. This approach should include increased access to maternal health services, such as prenatal care and postpartum support, as well as education and awareness programs for mothers and families.

The Regional Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer also called for more research and data collection on Maternal Morbidity in Guyana to better understand the specific issues and challenges mothers face in the country.

With the health sector in Guyana continuing to work towards reducing maternal deaths, it is important that we also address Maternal Morbidity to improve the overall health and well-being of mothers and families in the country.

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