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40 percent cut in mother-child death ratio by 2015 envisaged

PESHAWAR: Director General, Health, NWFP, Dr Fazal Mahmood, has said that the millennium goal of decreasing death ratio of mother and child by 40 percent will be achieved by 1015. He was speaking as chief guest at a workshop for newly selected women medical officers (WMOs) and lady health visitors of NWFP, organised by National Maternal, New-born Child Health, NWFP chapter, here on Tuesday.

He said that the nation’s health development could not be recognised from the establishment of many hospitals, but it could be identified of the facilities provided for the health services. The Director General, Health, said that the government was endeavouring to extend all the heath facilities not only in the cities, but also to the far-flung and under-developed areas of the province.

The MNCH NWFP co-ordinator Dr Salaar Khan, Executive District Officers, Health, Medical Superintendents of DHQ hospitals, and others were also present on the occasion. Dr Fazal Mahmood, lauding the role of MNCH, said that the programme had done great job regarding the improvement of mother and new-born child health and if the programme provided services with the same speed, the mother-child death ratio would come down.

He said the MNCH programmers had now been altered to play its role more effectively, and expressed the hope that more facilities would be provided to the officials to concentrate on the heath of mother and new-born child. He said the provincial government would extend all possible support to so that the lives of mother and child could be saved.

On the occasion, Dr Salaar Khan said that through the programme, a total of 70 women medical officers would be recruited, and added 36 WMOs had already been appointed. Besides, 22 training schools had be set-up, 110 LHVs recruited for the MNCH health centres in various districts, he added. He said 48 computer operators would be recruited and one vehicle would be provided to each training school. Moreover, social organisers, public health specialists would be provided to these centres.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:8/5/2009

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