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New ambulance fleet for pregnant women, newborns

LAHORE –  Punjab will introduce a network of 193 ambulances dedicated for pregnant women and newborns.

This was informed at Provincial Advocacy Forum (PAF) on health rights of mothers and children at a local hotel yesterday. The event, which was aimed at providing a discussion and discourse forum to elected representatives, health officials, civil society and donor agencies,was organised by Empowerment, Voice and Accountability for Better Health and Nutrition (EVA-BHN).

MPAs Arshad Malik, Nazeer Hussain, Dr Nausheen Hamid, Nabeela Khan, Ijaz Ahmad, Qaiser Abbad Magsi, Hammad Nawaz Tipu, Punjab Information Commissioner Mukhtar Ahmad Ali, IRMNCH Project Director Dr Akhtar Rasheed, representatives from World Health Organization, USAID, Aurat Foundation and World Food Program participated in the discussion.

Dr Akhtar Rasheed said as many as 250 ambulances dedicated for pregnant women and newborns would be introduced in multiple phases. The government has allocated Rs4 billion for provision of quality medicines at Basic Health Units (BJUs), he said, adding that 67 per cent of vacant seats at BHUs have been filled.

EVA-BHN Team Leader Dr Fayyaz Ahmad said the organisation was providing forum for raising voice on issues relating to mother and child health in Lahore, Bhakkar, Muzaffargarh, Layyah and Sahiwal. He added the citizens could take up issues at these forums. EVA-BHN Director Ihtasham Akram said the project was aimed raising awareness and advocating health rights of public at large.

Source: The Nation

Byline: Staff Reporter

November 24, 2016

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