Silent rage of maternal sepsis puts women’s lives at risk
When Helen discovered she was pregnant, she was excited to welcome a new life, but her hopes took a crashing turn when she had a miscarriage weeks later.
After all the tests, she continued to bleed, and was admitted to the ICU for post partum sepsis along with an infection in her uterus.
“I was really sick and needed to have three D&Cs done and it took a while for me to overcome the shock of sepsis. I was one of the lucky ones who made it but I’m still losing weight,” she told Good Health Weekly.
Helen’s case is typical of several hundreds of thousands. Although the annual maternal mortality rate from maternal infections in Nigeria has dropped over the years, maternal and postpartum sepsis remains quite significant.
In March 2013, the Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria reported that 17 percent of the 11,600 maternal deaths were recorded in Nigeria were attributable to infection during pregnancy.
Top 3 killers: As one of the top three leading causes of maternal and neonatal deaths in Nigeria, maternal sepsis is an illness that can develop in some pregnant women as well as women who have recently put to bed.