Vietnam hopes more training will reduce maternal death rate

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The Health Ministry will train doctors in obstetrics emergency aid this June to help reduce the alarmingly high number of maternal deaths in Vietnam.

Each province will send two doctors for the specialized training at the country's leading obstetric hospitals, Tu Du in HCMC and the Central Obstetrics Hospital in Hanoi, Tuoi Tre reported.

The classes come after nine maternal deaths were reported across the country since April 20, including cases in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Doctors from those two cities are not being sent to the training sessions.

The latest case was 37-year-old Bui Le Bao Dung, who died Tuesday at HCMC's leading emergency hospital, Cho Ray. It was the third maternal death in the city over the past month.

Dung was admitted to Tu Du on May 16, but only weighed 41 kilograms as her due date approached.

Tests found the embryo was malnourished and doctors decided to perform a C-section after signals of fetus distress, said Hoang Thi Diem Tuyet, deputy director of Tu Du Hospital.

There was problems with her liver that caused unstoppable bleeding after the operation. The woman's nose and gums were bleeding before the operation.

Tu Du doctors had to consult experts from HCMC's leading hospitals, Cho Ray and The Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Blood Transfusion and Hematology, who diagnosed the woman with acute liver decline.

Dung was transferred to Cho Ray on May 21 for liver treatment. She died there.

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