Child-mother mortality rate down in Uruzgan
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Professional and skilled midwives and nurses have been appointed at 96 percent of health facilities in central Uruzgan province during the past one and a half decades, significantly reducing the child-mother mortality rate.
Years ago, Uruzgan had been lacking lady doctors, skilled midwives and nurses and people had to take their female patients to neighbouring Kandahar province.
During the past 13 years, six batches of midwives and nurses had graduated from various nursing and midwifery training programmes and as a result, the mother-child mortality rate has drastically decreased.
Uruzgan public health director Dr. Khan Agha Miakhel said 150 nurses and midwives had so far graduated in the province and they were performing duty in the provincial capital and districts.
He said the increased number of nurses and midwives had resulted in reduced deaths of mothers during childbirth.
He was addressing a ceremony marking the graduation of 26 more female nurses in Tirinkot, the provincial capital. The nursing training had been arranged in cooperation with a non-governmental organization.
Dr. Miakhel said till in remote parts of Uruzgan, people carried their female patients to the provincial capital and Kandahar province due to the lack of female doctors.
In this regard, he said, he had talked to the authorities in Kabul and he had been promised assistance. About the newly graduated nurses, he said, they completed their two-year course and were now ready to serve.
Miakhel said in the past there had been four centres training nurses and midwives in the province, but now their number had reduced to one and the rest were closed after foreign aid vanished.
The newly-graduated nurses said their only demand was that they should appointed in the health centres concerned as soon as possible in order to enable them to serve the ailing people.
One of them, Bas Bibi, said she endured many hardships coming to the training centre from Dehrawud district. She called for their earlier appointment, saying if they were not hired, their two-year long efforts to learn the skill would go into waste.
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