‘Maternal, neonatal mortality rate matter of great concern’

‘Maternal, neonatal mortality rate matter  of great concern’

LAHORE: Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Raffique has said that the matter of high rate of maternal, neonatal and infant mortality in Pakistan is of a great concern for every one, especially the policy makers, health managers and the medical experts, and there is a need for vigorous struggle to control maternal mortality and achieving MDG. 
He addressed this issue on a two-day “International Neonatology Conference”, organised by the Neonatology Group of Pakistan in a local hotel. The organizing secretary of the conference, Dr Khawaja Ahmad Irfan informed that eminent nationals as well as international neonatologists are participating in the conference. He added that it is the first academic activity of this magnitude conducted by the Neonatology Group of PPA, aimed at apprising the neonatologists and peadriatitions with updates in this subject. 
Raffique observed that the rapid increase in population, limited resources, malnutrition and lack of awareness about the health issues among the folk women are the basic causes of creating health hazards for mothers and children. He said that the health department is striving hard to create awareness among the rural women regarding child birth under the supervision of Skilled Birth Attendance (SBA). 
He added that the labour room facilities under the supervision of lady doctors, LHV, nurses and SBA are being provided at BHU, and RHC level, and 24/7 facility in selected health centres is also being provided for safe delivery. The advisor to CM on health also added that pneumonia and diarrhoea are the main causes for the deaths of newborn children. He also said that iron deficiency due to malnutrition among the pregnant women make them anaemic, which produce many complications like still birth etc. 
Raffique added that Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif had directed to set up three more children hospitals in Punjab for providing best health facilities to the children. He disclosed that Rs 10 billion to Rs 12 billion would be spent on this project. The advisor to CM on health appreciated the efforts of the organizers for holding the conference and said that such academic activities are very helpful for updating the knowledge of experts and producing new ways for the success of medical experts. 
A number of senior peadriatitions, neonatologists including Prof. Sajid Maqbool, Dr. Sajjad-ur-Rehman, Dr. Asma Razzaq, Dr. Arshad Khushdil, Prof. Mubaris Naqvi, Dr. Shoaib, Dr. Haseen Dil, Dr. Saima Asghar and other experts addressed the conference and shared their experiences and knowledge on the subject. 

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