Puducherry: Nov 12, 2010
Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh inaugurated the eight national-level conference on “Women Entitlement-Midwives Accountability” organised by the Puducherry chapter of Society of Midwives India (SOMI) here. Addressing the participants, Mr. Singh said that India had the largest number of births per year (27 million) in the world. It was estimated that 60 per cent of such births were domiciliary deliveries. He said that according to a UNICEF report, as many as 80,000 pregnant women or new mothers died each year from preventable causes.
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