Health Ministry: 9 doctors have been dismissed over maternal death in childbirth in Azerbaijan this year

Health Ministry: 9 doctors have been dismissed over maternal death in childbirth in Azerbaijan this year
# 02 December 2013 13:57 (UTC +04:00)

Chairperson of the Health Ministry’s Obstetrical Commission Leyla Rzaguliyeva told APA that 23 maternal deaths were recorded in childbirth during the eleven months of this year.

According to her, the number of maternal deaths in 2011 was 26 and 25 in 2012. Rzaguliyeva noted that more death facts were recorded in the regions: “Only 2 of the death facts have not been investigated up to now. We are waiting for the results of the Health Ministry’s Forensic Medical Examination and Pathological Anatomy Unit to investigate these facts. Following the results, this issue will be considered within a week.”

Rzaguliyeva stressed that the reason of every maternal death in the country is investigated by the Obstetrical Commission: “If it happens because of doctors’ mistakes, relevant measures are taken and they are dismissed. For this reason, senior obstetrician-gynecologist, department head and all responsible employees are dismissed. Final decision is passed after our commission carries out investigation, the Ministry’s department for organization of medical aid controls its execution. As a result of the investigations carried out this year, 72 medical servants have faced administrative punishments, 9 doctors have been dismissed.”

Chairperson of the commission also clarified how much it takes to investigate and give a final opinion on maternal death in Azerbaijan. She said if the body is dissected, the results of the pathological anatomy will take some time.

“The results of histological examination and pathological anatomy are known within 10-14 days. But if dissection is not permitted, the case is discussed by the commission and the final decision on the causes of the death is passed basing on the documents. According to the law, the family of the dead person has the right not to give permission for dissection. In this case they take the body and we pass a final decision basing on the documents. Sometimes, when the case is complicated, the process may protract. But not more than a month Obstetrical Commission passes final decision on maternal death,” she said.

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