Social taboos and culture barriers main hurdles in delivery of better healthcare services to mother and child, speakers

Peshawar: Speakers at a media consultative meeting on ‘Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights issues’ have underlined that social taboos, cultural barriers and poor implementation of policies as major obstacles in delivery of better healthcare services to mother and child, urged the media to play effective role for behaviour change and creation of awareness to remove all misperceptions.

The seminar was organized by Rahnuma-Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region, in connection with International Women’s Day, at its regional office on Monday, aimed at to make consultation with media persons for resolution of sexual reproductive health and rights issues regarding mother and children.

The Rahnuma-FPAP KP region, vice president Haji Sattar Gul, presided over the consultative session, while Gohar Zaman, Regional Director Rahnuma-FPAP KP region, Medical Superintendent of Rokhana Kor Hospital Dr Roshana Arshad, Suleman Khan, and Pakitan Tehreek-i-Insaf regional president of women wing, from Malakand division Naeema Naz as keynote speakers. A large number of representatives from various media organization participated in the consultative seminar.

Gohar Zaman, Regional Director Rahnuma-FPAP in his detailed presentation said that the cultural norms and barriers are major impediment in delivery of better healthcare services to mothers and their newborn child.

Similarly, he said the inadequate resources, poor management, and policies are also creating hurdles in way of handling with SRH and Right Issues. He informed that Pakistan made a commitment to provide quality health facilities to everyone, as signatory of International Conference for Population Development (ICPD), Vision of Family Planning 2020 and other international proposals regarding health sector.

Mr Zaman said the situation is completely dismal regarding provision of better healthcare services to mother and newborn child, amid growing ratio of their fertility across the country. He expressed fear that the fertility rate would be doubled by 2035, if it was not controlled, which is currently around 4.1 percent.

Though, he said the despite the formulation of policies and framework, there was not taken any proactive measures for delivering of better healthcare services for Mother Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) and Sexual Reproductive Health. He stressed the need for proper implementation of policies, provide quality health services to MNCH, besides to meet with the global commitments in the health sector.

The Regional Director viewed that the contraception will be reduced unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions. He furthermore said the creation of awareness among women would decrease poverty, fertility, along with behaviour change, and reduction in child and maternal mortality ratio. He also stressed the need for sustainable of schemes and programme in the health sector.

Haji Sattar Gul, vice president Rahnuma-FPAP KP region, earlier speaking at the seminar said that the organization is working on provision of better healthcare services to mother and child, while keeping in view all Islamic norms and culture values. He said the issues of Sexual Reproductive Health, were not resolving due to lack of effective coordination among different government and semi-government, and NGOs.

He also highlighted the role of media in dissemination of knowledge and awareness among mother for provision of better healthcare services to them and reduction of infant and maternal mortality rate in the country.

Naeema Naz, while addressing the seminar reaffirmed the commitments of the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for provision of better healthcare services to mother and child in the province. He especially mentioned the Sehat Ka Insaf programme, is part of the government efforts, to provide delivery of health services to mother and child, and reduction of various childhood diseases.

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