International institutions’ cooperation has improved maternal-child health: Dr Saghir

KARACHI: Sindh Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmed said on Thursday that innovate help has been received by the international institutions in improving health facilities in Sindh province and this help has made it possible to ensure medical amenities to the people at their door steps.

This he said during a meeting with USAID representative, Kate Crawford, at his office. The health minister said that USAID had performed innovative services for the maternal and child health, the innovative of such facilities are at JPMC and Jacobabad hospital.

The minister hoped that agency would play more important role for the improvement of health facilities pertaining to maternal and child health program initiated by it in different districts of Pakistan.

He said that a large number of infants and mothers still die because of childbirth at houses. Hundreds of babies die due to non-availability of skilled birth attendants, however, such deaths could be saved through availability of expert doctors and midwives.

“Many precious lives are also lost due to no break in the child births. “There is need to raise awareness among women about pregnancy, maternal and childcare health after the birth of babies so that they could protect themselves, besides improving health of babies. The minister said that maternal, neonatal and child health program is being continued at provincial level and under this program, community midwives are being trained and deployed in different districts of the province. In this regard, every effort is being made to achieve millennium development 4 and 5 target by 2015,” the minister concluded.

Kate Crawford gave detailed briefing to the provincial health minister about MCH program and said that this program would be launched in association with Pakistan government, private sector, philanthropists, NGOs, local civil society and community organizations. The program duration will be five years, Crawford added.

USAID health development officer Ms Anna Mc Crerey was also present on the occasion.

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