Karachi: Program Manager Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) Sindh Dr Sahib Jan Badar on Monday said community midwives (CMWs) have saved lives of many mothers and newborn babies during pregnancy in drought hit Tharparkar district.
Talking to media on telephone from Mithi, Dr Sahib Jan said 35 CMWs had successfully carried out about 1600 deliveries in 2013 in Tharparkar. She said situation might have been worse and number of deaths could have been high if CMWs had not played this due role in Thar.
She said many mothers and children were saved from expected pregnancy related complications and deaths in area.
She informed that the MNCH teams were present in drought-hit areas of Mithi and were playing their due role to improve the overall situation. She said biggest issue of Tharparkar is food, nutrition and potable water. She said 35 CMWs had been appointed in far-flung areas of Tharparkar after completion of their training under MNCH Program.
She said midwives also provided family planning services to around 1407 families in area. She said 35 CMWs were not enough to fulfill the population requirement of Tharparkar. She said a skilled midwife could easily cover around 5,000 population.
She claimed that the mortality rate had dropped in Thar district and its credit went to community midwives. She appreciated the role of CMWs in drought-hit areas. She said MNCH Program would also work on healthy baby food through midwives and lady health workers.