Soaring maternal mortality rate still a challenge
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Public Health Ministry and Afghan Midwives Association, said in a joint statement on the occasion of international day of midwives one out of five women still lost life due to pregnancy in the country.
Dr. Najia Tariq, deputy health minister, while addressing a gathering held to mark the day said mothers’ mortality rate in Afghanistan has declined three to four times as compared to last 15 years.
“But still maternal mortality remains a major challenge for public health ministry and we have a long way ahead to overcome the challenge,” she added.
Underage marriages, continuous pregnancies, inaccessibility to health centres, poverty and lack of health workers in far-flung areas were among major reasons of mothers’ death during pregnancy.
The public health ministry, she said, had taken many initiatives and increasing the number of midwives across the country was one of them.
Deputy health minister said 13 years back there were only 467 midwives across the country while the number has risen to 4,600 now.
Habiba Surabi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)’s advisor on women, said women in remote areas still did not have access to health services and those who had short-term training in midwifery were providing services.
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