Participants have stressed the need for provision of best healthcare facilities to cope with the increasing mortality ratio of infant and their mothers in Federally Administered Tribal Areas. They underlined that the untrained midwives, lack of birth-spacing, illiteracy, and non-availability of proper healthcare facilities as main cause of the high death ratio of expecting women and their new-born in tribal region.
Speaking at a news conference at press club here on Thursday, Javed Afridi, Co-ordinator Community Based Maternal and Child Health, EPI Service project, run by Centre of Excellence for Rural Development (CERD) in tehsil Bara, tribal Khyber Agency, in collaboration with Unicef and provincial Health department. Flanked by the project Manager Taj Wali, Imran Khan and others, he said the project was initiated to address the issues of expecting mothers and their new-born after returning of normalcy in tehsil Bara of Khyber Agency. He said the organisation had taken steps for setting of health facilities and creation of awareness about pregnancy issues by engaging local community in the tribal agency.
Giving startling figures compiled by Unicef and Provincial Health Department, he revealed that the Pakistan is amongst the countries, which are stilling legging behind to address the morality issues of expecting mothers and their infant. According Unicef survey, he added that in the developed world, around 50 mothers among 0.1million were died due to pre and post pregnancy complications, besides untrained midwives, while the mother morality ratio is around 275 in the Pakistan. He termed that untrained midwives, lack of birth-spacing, illiteracy, lacking of best healthcare facilities, and other complicated issues, as major cause for high mortality rate of mothers and new-born in the country.
He further informed that around 33.6 percent expecting mothers were availed services of midwives in the country, while 52 percent cases of pregnancy were done by untrained female medical attendant and village women, due to which mortality ratio of pregnant women and new-born is quite high in the country.
The official said more than 17,000 families, which comprises on more than 0.1million people, had so far registered under the project in tehsil Bara, of tribal Khyber Agency.
Similarly, he said that as many as 8,000 pregnant women and infant mothers were also registered. Besides, he added the antenatal and postnatal services to expecting mothers, were also provided to them along with other vaccination courses to their infant on regular basis in the Bara, Khyber tribal agency. He said female medical practitioners and other staff were providing around the clock services in the tribal agency. He further maintained that the out-patient department (OPD), laboratory and other medical facilities were available to expecting mothers and their new-born. He said the ambulance services were also provided in their hospital in the tribal agency. He said special meetings ‘jirga’ held with elders to sensitise them about the expecting women health issues.
Source: Business Recorder
Byline: Recorder Report
November 25, 2016