India to conduct ‘verbal autopsy’ of maternal deaths

New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) All pregnancy-related deaths in the country will be investigated and a structured report will be prepared to fix accountability in order to reduce fatalities, a health ministry official said Thursday. “We are soon going to have a verbal autopsy of all women dying during child birth. It’s a practice followed in Tamil Nadu and it will be emulated across the country soon,” Health Secretary Naresh Dayal said.

“Each death will be interrogated (by health officials) and a proper record will be maintained. We want to know the reason behind such a huge maternal mortality rate in the country and fix accountability,” Dayal said here.

via India to conduct ‘verbal autopsy’ of maternal deaths.

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