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Mother-child mortality rate falls in Khost

Mother-child mortality rate falls in Khost

Feb 27, 2017 - 16:52

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Pregnancy-related and infant deaths have declined significantly in southeastern Khost province, thanks to a maternity hospital run by the Doctors without Border organization.

The maternity hospital in Khost City, the provincial capital, started functioning in March 2012, but the hospital suspended its activities for a short period due to some security problems and resumed functioning as result of efforts by local officials and tribal elders.

Safia, chief midwife at the hospital, said besides some Afghan female doctors, the hospital had employed a number of foreign maternity specialists.

She told Pajhwok Afghan News they handled in average 80 childbirths in the hospital in every 24 hours.

“We have many patients, I witnessed 73 births in a single night, I cannot tell the exact number, but more than 80 childbirths take place in 24 hours,” she said.

Salamat Khan Mandozai, deputy head of the maternity hospital, said their main goal was to prevent mother and child mortalities and offer needed healthcare services.

“The number of our patients is increasing with each passing year, there were 21,000 childbirths only in 2016 with 2,850 of them complicated or conceived through surgical operation,” he said.

He said he had no exact figures but could say the rate of mother and child mortality had sharply decreased or even dropped to zero.

“This hospital is very effective in Khost, Not a single mortality case occurred in the third quarter of 2016, it means such cases have been prevented by the hospital,” he said.

Khan said the hospital provided healthcare facilities to both children and mothers and patients could also refer to the provincial civil hospital in case of need.

“We mainly focus on mothers, but we also have facilities for children born in the hospital, we have both Afghan and foreign specialists,” he said.

The maternity hospital of the Doctors Without Borders also offers services in five districts of Khost.

Kaminullah Yad, logistics manager at the maternity hospital, said the hospital branches were currently functioning in Lakan, Sabrai, Garbaz, Tani and Nader Shah Kot districts of Khost.

He said construction work on two buildings at the healthcare center was underway in Sabari and Lakan districts. Construction of each building would cost $75,000, he said.

Khost residents said most of their maternity related problems have been resolved with activation of the Doctors Without Border hospital.

Mohammad Sarwar, a resident, said many womeninfo-icon would lose their lives to childbirth before the hospital was opened.

“This hospital is very beneficial to our people, in the past, people would take their patients to expensive private clinics, but now people refer their patients to the DWB hospital which provides free of cost and day and night services,” he said.

A total of 370 people, including foreigners, work at the central maternity hospital of the Doctors Without Borders in Khost.


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