An emergency meeting to discuss maternal deaths at the nation’s hospitals is set for next week with all heads of departments.
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh told the media on Friday morning that he wants suggestions on how to deal with the issue. He said the meeting, scheduled for Wednesday November 18th, is not a “talk shop” and that all reports will not be detailed again, but rather the focus will be on the recommendations coming out of those reports and what policy changes and policy adjustments need to be made.
Deyalsingh said that he believes the deaths could have been avoided, in part because 1 in 4 maternal deaths globally are the result of pre-existing conditions. The education of mothers, he said, is of utmost importance as well as policies such as diabetes screening being mandatory for expectant mothers, which can be treated with to prevent the possibility of complications during pregnancy.
The Health Minister says he does not want the dialogue to centre around blame, but recommendations moving forward.