Thirteen percent of the deaths of females aged between 15 and 49 occur due to maternal causes, including haemorrhage and abortion-related complications, says a government survey released recently.
Besides, the estimated maternal mortality rate was 196 per 100,000 live births in 2016, which remained unchanged since 2010, it said.
The study also said the proportion of deliveries through Caesarean section has increased drastically in the country, from 12 percent in 2001 to 31 percent in 2016. When it comes to private clinics, the rate jumps to a staggering 83 percent.
According to WHO guidelines, it should have been between 10 and 15 percent.
The study styled “Bangladesh Maternal Mortality and Health Care Survey 2016” was conducted by the National Institute of Population Research and Training (Niport) while icddr,b provided technical assistance.