60 mothers, infants die in Zabul per month
QALAT (Pajhwok): One average, at least one child and one mother daily die in southern Zabul province despite efforts to reduce the mortality rates, with the deaths totaling 60 per month, public health officials said on Wednesday.
The health officials expressed these views at a seminar marking the International Day for Protection of Children in Qalat, the provincial capital.
Dr. Hashim, director of the central civil hospital, told Pajhwok Afghan News on the sidelines of the seminar, that many achievements had been made in reducing the mother-child mortality rates during the past few years, but the achievements were insufficient.
He said one mother and one child daily lost their lives during births in Zabul. He said the central hospital had a 10-bed gynaecological ward, where daily 15 to 20 patients were daily treated.
Dr. Hashim said the provincial Public Health Department in cooperation with the provincial leadership should put pressure on the Public Health Ministry to add more beds to the gynae ward.
But officials of a non-governmental organisation “Hadaf” say they have midwives in almost every hospital and people should take their patients to these facilities.
Head of the organisation, Dr. Abdul Qayum, told Pajhwok Afghan News people could take their patients to the central hospital if their problem could not be resolved at their facilities.
Zabul public health director Dr. Lal Mohammad Tokhi said the mother-child mortality rates had decreased in the province comparing to the past.
He attributed the decline in the rates to efforts by lady doctors, midwives and nurses and distributed appreciation letters among them at the seminar.
However, residents said they lacked access to healthcare facilities due their insufficient number and unavailiblity of doctors and medecines.
A resident of the Shah Joy district, Hasibullah, said the lone midwife in the district could not handle all pregnancies.
He said incidents of mother and infant deaths occurred in the district and the government should pay attention to this problem.
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