The right medical consultation is mandatory during pregnancy
Pregnancy is a very sensitive period for a woman. Not only physical fitness, but also awareness is needed in this time for the mother. A healthy child can come to the world if the mother takes care of herself and follows the doctor's advice regularly. Otherwise, unwanted events like the death of the mother and child can occur. Besides awareness, right medical consultation and service is also needed.
Due to lack of consultation with doctors and and lack of awareness, many pregnant mothers and their unborn child face a number of problems. According to World Bank's information, over 50% of women in Bangladesh currently do not have a single antenatal visit during pregnancy with mortality rate due to pregnancy related complications at 196 per 100,000 pregnancies in the country. This rate was 174 per 100,000 in 2015 and has gradually gone up. This is really alarming. The complications which have been seen among most of the women during pregnancy are --- Hemorrhage (bleeding) during delivery - Placenta previa, Indeterminate foetal position, Pre-eclampsia, Intra uterine growth restriction, Chromosomal abnormalities. These complications could ultimately cause the fetal death or the death of the mother.
A two-day training session was held to reduce death rates by pregnancy related complications, to train doctors and technicians. The awareness building session was held at the Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel at Dhaka. GE Healthcare in partnership with Shristy Institute for Health Science & Technology hosted the course for over 550 ultrasound specialists and doctors in the country.
The programme aims to improve women's health, educate and share knowledge on this subject, improve the standard of care and evolve evidence based solutions for maternal and foetal wellbeing in Bangladesh. The programme is also focused at helping advance current knowledge and skills on different aspects of foetal medicine, genetic screening and early diagnosis of pre-eclampsia; which if diagnosed early-on can decrease maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. It is expected, this program of GE will inspire the United Nations to invest for the development in the sector of mother and newborn child's healthcare.
The course was divided into two days wherein the first day highlighted the use of ultrasound during the first and second trimester of pregnancy to determine the foetal wellbeing and to diagnose abnormalities. The second day was dedicated to help delegates learn foetal heart imaging and diagnose foetal cardiac abnormalities. The course curriculum was a healthy mix of the basics as well as the advances in obstetric imaging. The delegates also learnt about the latest advances and newer modalities in Ultrasound such as 3-dimensional and 4-dimensional ultrasound imaging and its use in obstetrics and gynecology. The uses of 3D and 4D in fetal cardiac evaluation and the use of newer technologies in gynecology and infertility have also been taught in this course.
Apart from the Bangladeshi doctors, there were many experienced doctors from various countries for this training session. The course was conducted by International ISUOG approved renowned faculty members --- Prof Aris Papageorghiou from UK, Prof Katia Bilrado from Netherlands, Dr Prashant Acharya and Dr Mala Sibal from India along with faculty from Bangladesh. Dr Mohammad Akhter Hussain, CEO & Program Director, Shristy Institute for Health Sciences and Technology and a leading sonologist from Bangladesh jointly conducted the two-day educational session with other faculties.
The writer is a senior media co-ordinator of Concito