A 35-year-old nurse, Priscilla Baah, has died from postpartum hemorrhage at Newland Hospital, a private health facility in Koforidua in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
According to a report by Mybrytfmonline.com, the private hospital attempted to manage the condition until it worsened before she was belatedly rushed to the Eastern Regional Hospital.
And as usual, the sudden demise of Priscilla has shocked the Nursing and Midwifery fraternity.
Many nurses and midwives in the regional capital have used her photos for their WhatsApp profile expressing their shock at the sudden death of the nurse described by many as affable
According to some doctors spoken to on the death of Priscilla, the condition could have been best managed if she had been referred earlier since the Regional Hospital may have the capacity to better manage the condition.
More importantly and the sad aspect of the story is that Priscilla was married. She left behind three children including the newborn.
For the purpose of education, postpartum hemorrhage (also called PPH) is when a woman has heavy bleeding after giving birth.
According to health experts, it is a serious but rare condition in developed countries but very common in developing countries like Ghana. It usually happens within 1 day of giving birth, but it can happen up to 12 weeks after having a baby. About 1 in 5 in 100 women who have a baby (1 to 5 percent) have PPH in Western Countries.
However, many pregnant women continue to die due to the negligence and inaction of midwives and doctors.