Maungdaw, Arakan State: A pregnant woman died while on her way to a Bangladesh hospital, said a relative of the patient.

Asiya Khatun (20), wife of Nur Hashim, hailing from Ngakura village of Maungdaw Township, Arakan State was admitted on October 21, at a clinic in Ngakura, Maungdaw Township to give birth to her first baby. She was at the clinic till October 24, the relative added. 

Her condition turned critical and the doctor advised her husband to go to Bangladesh for further treatment. The doctor accompanied her husband for permission from Nasaka (Burma's Border Security Force) to go to Bangladesh immediately.

After getting permission the husband proceeded with his wife to Bangladesh but she died on the way on October 25.

There are many such patients in northern Arakan, who do not get treatment as there are insufficient doctors and medicine, said a village elder.

In rural areas of Northern Arakan, many pregnant women die because they use traditional methods for delivery. There is also scarcity of skilled nurses in rural areas, said a nurse in Maungdaw Township.