Pregnant women getting institutional delivery facilities in Rajshahi
RAJSHAHI, Jan 23: Rural pregnant women are getting scopes of institutional delivery as the government and non-government organisations are providing services to ensure neonatal healthcare in Rajshahi region.
This situation has started playing a pivotal role in reducing the rate of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity besides protecting their health in the grassroots areas.
"I was blessed with my first baby through normal delivery on October 14 last at Yusufpur Union Health and Family Welfare Centre (UH&FWC) under Charghat Upazila," said Sonali Khatun.
Khatun, wife of Akbar Ali of the nearby Chalk Kapasia village, is very much happy with their newborn baby.
Since its revival in August last after a long time of suspension, the centre has arranged normal deliveries of three other pregnant mothers like Khatun with close supervision of Family Welfare Visitor (FWV) Sheuli Khatun till December last successfully.
"We have referral services for the mothers suffering from various pregnancy-related complexities like vaginal bleeding, eclampsia, severe headaches and fever and delayed labor," said Sheuli Khatun.
Union Parishad Chairman Shafiqul Islam Ratan said the centre has been reactivated with initiative of the Public Health Improvement Initiatives Rajshahi (PHIIR) project for welfare of local pregnant mothers, particularly the poor and ultra-poor of the community.
He said the FWV was given appointment as contributory staff with financial support of the project.
DASCOH Foundation has been implementing the PHIIR project in five upazila health complexes, 42 UHFWCs and 110 Community Clinics under Bagmara, Charghat and Tanore Upazilas in Rajshahi and Porsha and Sapahar Upazilas in Naogaon districts for the last couple of years.
The project is intended to improve the health status of the targeted population with special focus on maternal, neonatal and child health at primary health care level.
"We have recorded 2,112 deliveries including 2,104 normal ones comprising 1,727 in upazila health complexes and 377 in UH&FWC in 2020 last," said PHIIR Project Manager Tozammel Haque.
On behalf of the project, essential equipment like refrigerators, delivery beds, maternal care checkup beds, oxygen cylinders, weight scales, waste bins and curtains are being provided for labor rooms of the UH&FWCs and Union Sub Centers (USCs) to make those fit for various reproductive healthcare services including normal delivery.
Deputy Director of the Department of Family Planning Dr Nasim Akhter said substantial and sustainable promotion of institutional delivery is very much effective in reducing maternal and neonatal deaths.
Prof Merina Khanom, former head of the Department of obstetrics and
gynecology in Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital, said strengthening the union level health facilities could be the vital means of achieving the country's ambitious targets related to curbing maternal and newborn mortality rates.
"We have made remarkable progress towards reducing the maternal and neonatal mortality rates over the last couple of years, but there are furthermore emergency works to be done," she said. -BSS