Steps urged to bring down maternal, neonatal mortality rate in Sindh

Karachi: Member Provincial Assembly MPA of Pakistan People Party PPP Syed Nasir Shah on Tuesday said the community midwives are the backbone of the Maternal Neonatal & Child Health MNCH Programme and assured that the provincial government will increase the monthly stipend of midwives from Rs2000 to Rs5000 for improvement in their performance.

He expressed these views while addressing a seminar on topic: “Community Midwives: Handling Motherhood with Care”, organized by Maternal Neonatal & Child Health MNCH & Pakistan Nursing Council in collaboration with Technical Resource Facility and Research & Advocacy Fund at local hotel.

Ex-advisor Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Secretary Health Sindh Inamullah Dharejo, DG Health Sindh Ashfaq Memon, MPA Kulsoom Chandio, Dr Najma and Farhana Memon were also present.

Nasir Shah said provincial government is working on different healthcare projects to decrease mortality rate of children and mothers in Sindh. He said one midwife is covering about 5000 women which should be decreased to 2000 for better community service.

Secretary Health Sindh Inamullah Dharejo said saving the mother and child is the priority of government, as control of mortality rate is important issue. He said mortality rate is high slums area of the province as compared to big cities. He said there is no proper mechanism for the doctors working in private sector. He said unfortunately mortality rate of mother and children is high in the province and provincial government is working hard to control this.

DG Health Sindh Ashfaq Memon informed that the ratio of mother and child mortality has decreased in last five year from 20 to 30 percent in Sindh province and authorities are working with along with international donors for further control it. He said government is working on different healthcare schemes in province to minimize the maternal and children deaths. He also appreciated the role of community midwives in the province in bringing down the infant and maternal mortality.

Dr Shahnaz Wazir Ali said community midwives are doing a historic job in the field of healthcare and their role appreciable. She stressed the need of primary healthcare as the future of nation is linked with healthy mothers. She said Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had started lady health worker programme in Pakistan back in 1994 and this programme benefited the women across the country. She informed that one Lakh six thousand lady health workers are providing healthcare facilities to the women at their doorsteps in Pakistan.