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Justice Amir Raza Khan
resigns as Chairman PHC

LAHORE: Mr. Justice (R) Amir Raza Khan has resigned as Chairman of Punjab Healthcare Commission. Thus the provincial government of Punjab is deprived of the services of yet another honest, upright man who is known for his professional competence and intellectual integrity and credibility.

Four Steps to Reduce
Maternal Mortality

All hospitals can take four steps to reduce maternal mortality: implement best practices for managing the care of high-risk pregnant women; review each obstetric patient's risk factors at multidisciplinary staff meetings; conduct simulated obstetric emergencies; and formalize relationships between lower- and higher-resource hospitals.

The current and immediate past presidents of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) and two other experts believe that US Hospitals that provide obstetric care to take these actions now to reduce maternal mortality. Others call on healthcare providers to advocate for policy changes to improve postpartum care.

These "call to action" statements were published online October 31 as two perspective articles in the New England Journal of Medicine. The rising rate of maternal mortality in the United States "is a tragedy," according to Susan Mann, MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; Lisa M. Hollier, MD, ACOG president; Kimberlee McKay, MD, University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls; and Haywood Brown, MD, ACOG immediate past president, University of South Florida, Tampa.

"Women in the United States are more likely to die from childbirth- or pregnancy-related causes than women in any other high-income country," they note, "and black women die at a rate three to four times that of white women." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnancy-related death is "the death of a woman during pregnancy or within one year of the end of pregnancy from a pregnancy complication, a chain of events initiated by pregnancy, or the aggravation of an unrelated condition by the physiologic effects of pregnancy."

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