May 102017

The maternal and neonatal health situation in Pakistan is in decline. Despite the efforts of different non-governmental organisations, the situation cannot be improved. The maternal morbidity is resulting in infertility, genital tract fistula formation, chronic pelvic diseases and psychotic disorders. These are occurring because of lack of care during pregnancy by skilled birth attendants.

According to the Pakistan National Forum on Women’s Health, there are over 85,000 villages and at least 200,000 competent skilled midwives are needed in basic health units, rural health centres, hospitals and tertiary care hospital. Therefore, the government needs to make efforts to set up midwifery school to improve maternal and neonatal care in the country.

Mannan Samad


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