The Ministry of Health (MSP Y BS) reported that in recent weeks, the SARS-Cov2 virus has positioned itself as the leading cause of death among women in the period of pregnancy, childbirth and puerperium, while generating a considerable increase in the total number of deaths in this sector of the population. “There has been an exponential increase in the number of maternal deaths caused by Covid 19, most of which occurred in the months of April and May 2021, surpassing other causes such as eclampsia, haemorrhage and sepsis, which have historically occupied the first place of death in this population group,” says a report shared on the official MSPy BS website.

By the end of May, 76 maternal deaths had been recorded, 45 of them confirmed with Covid-19, representing 60% of the total. The age group ranges from 18 to 46 years of age, according to the MSP communication.

On Saturday, 5 June, Paraguay received 99,600 doses of the Modern vaccine against the coronavirus, out of a total of 400,000 donated by the Government of Qatar. The vaccines will be given to pregnant women from 18 years of age and 20 weeks of pregnancy onwards.

“E-Day” vaccination for pregnant women only

The Ministry of Health has established Saturday 19 June as “E Day” for vaccinating pregnant women, from 07:00 to 17:00 hours. This Saturday, the Ministry of Health will focus its vaccination campaign exclusively on pregnant women, over 18 years of age and 20 weeks of gestation or more, on a day that the Ministry of Health has called “E Day”, as announced at a press conference on Wednesday.

Some 12,000 pregnant women have already registered in the Ministry’s database, although so far some 4,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated with the Moderna doses intended for this group, according to official sources. The Director of Health Programmes of the Ministry of Public Health, Patricia Veiluva, talks about the most important recommendations for pregnant and lactating women in these times of pandemic, taking into account the local context.