Maternal Mortality Rate High

By Vasinatta Yama – EM TV News,  Port Moresby

A senior women doctor says there is an increase in the number of women dying from cervical cancer.

Doctor Viola Kwa, from the Women’s Doctor Association, said cervical cancer is becoming a major cause of death for women in Papua New Guinea.

She said though the health concerns are preventable, many women are still dying from cervical and breast cancer.

“Although the maternal mortality rate is 733 per 1000, preventable cancers, cervical and breast cancers are very high”, Dr Kwa said.

A resolution from the 51st Medical Symposium held earlier this year, was to have women’s health Protection Bill put in place to address such issues.

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