- Public Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant has admitted this fact in the Maharashtra legislative council.
- Dr Sawant informed the council that 75, 235 pregnant women in Maharashtra were diagnosed with anaemia from April 2017 to March 2018.
Anaemia is caused due to the iron deficiency in the body. And this is primarily because majority of the women do not consume or are unable to have a basic nutritious and balanced diet.
While answering a question raised by the legislature, Dr Sawant informed the assembly that, “The Health Management system data has revealed that in Pune, 5,865 pregnant women have been diagnosed with severe anaemia. While in Mumbai, 5,267 pregnant women are suffering from severe anaemia. The cases have increased as over the years the reporting has also gone up.”
Dr Sawant also informed that the state government has undertaken various initiatives, ranging from providing iron tablets and medicines to adolescents girls and the to-be mothers.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Aparna Hegde, a practicing urogynaecologist, and head of an NGO called Armman said, “In case of a pregnant woman, anaemia can be life-threatening. Because of anaemia, the pregnant woman can easily be affected by hypertension and brain haemorrhage. Anaemia is caused by iron deficiency in the blood. Not only does anaemia pose a risk to the mother, but also to the child, as they face the risk of developing anaemia as well. We need to spread awareness about anaemia among the pregnant women.”
In India, there are 10, 47,434 pregnant women who are suffering from anaemia. Maharashtra ranks fourth in the list after Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.