GELIAT UNAIR Voices Concern to Maternal and Infant Mortality

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Dr. drg. Nyoman Anita Damayanti, MS., initiator of GELIAT UNAIR during presentation in a talk show in Grand City Surabaya (Photo: UNAIR NEWS)

UNAIR NEWS – The high mortality rate of mothers and infants in Surabaya demands greater attention. It was what makes Dr. drg. Nyoman Anita Damayanti, MS., initiate GELIAT UNAIR (Gerakan Peduli Ibu dan Anak Sehat Universitas Airlangga) program. GELIAT UNAIR is a collaborative program between UNAIR and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as their concern to high maternal and infant mortality rate.

“Who else will help our people if not us. UNAIR has it all, it has thousands of students, one of them to assist a mother and avoid death is a quite nice,” she said in a talk show in Exhibition Hall Grand City Surabaya, on Thursday, May 12.

According to Nyoman Anita, the one who initiated GELIAT UNAIR program, it was because of high mortality rate of mothers and infants in Surabaya. The city is at the highest level for death mother and infants in East Java.

“There were 5793 babies died in a year inSurabaya, it is the highest in East Java,” she added.

Nyoman Anita explained that the main cause of maternal mortality is the slow response from the mothers to identify the symptoms or problems during their pregnancy. It is because of limited information on pregnancy.

“Pregnancy is a common thing in a family but there is always a disease follows it. As many mothers also do not know well about pregnancy,it is too late to know the symptoms or pregnancy problems and that’s the cause of death,” she explained.

The lecturer of FKM UNAIR regretted the lack of concern toward this high mortality. She said that there are many people out there who still consider mothers’ deaths are parts of destiny.

“Our concern to maternal mortality is not very great, it is considered as a part of destiny. That is a big mistake, because a disease should be treated medically,” said Nyoman Anita.

“Passengers of a crashing plane would be widely discussed, but no one cares for thousands of death mothers,” she said complaining.

Through GELIAT UNAIR who the volunteers mostly from UNAIR students and lecturers, Nyoman Anita hoped that she could lessened the number of death mothers in Surabaya. It is a reality where mothers’ death will always happen, but for her there was always a chance to prevent it to happen.

“My dream is, all of us as academicians concern with this, UNAIR has it all, we have doctors, specialists, midwives but most important thing is how we make community to believe,” she saids.

Author : Dilan Salsabila
Editor : Nuri Hermawan

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