Govt plans to observe safe motherhood month

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Apr 26, 2014-

As the 2015 deadline of Millennium Development Goals approaches, the government is planning to run a month-long campaign on safe motherhood beginning from Monday.

The Family Health Division (FHD) under the Department of Health Services will observe ‘Safe Motherhood Month’ to create awareness on saving lives of pregnant mother and babies.

Director of FHD Dr Kiran Regmi said the FHD will run talk shows and disseminate message in various media along with rallies to be taken out among other programme during the campaign.

While Nepal has made good progress in controlling the number of deaths of expecting women, newborn mortality remains a challenge. Maternal mortality has come down to 281 from 850 in 1990, according to Nepal Demographic and Health Survey 2011.

If Nepal continues to progress at this pace, it is likely to reduce maternal mortality to 213 per 100,000 live births by 2015. Statistics also show a significant rise in institutional delivery from 18 percent in 2006 to 33 percent in 2011.

Dr Regmi said they will also make people aware of the government scheme on safe motherhood programme. The Safe Delivery Incentives Programme launched in 2005 provides incentives for women who deliver baby in health institutions. The government provides Rs 1,500, Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 in mountain, hill and Tarai regions respectively as travel cost.

The government recently introduced Nyano Jhola (warm shirts) programme to reduce the number of infant deaths due to cold and infection across the country. Under the programme, the state will provide a pair of ‘bhoto and daura’, gloves and socks, cap and diaper for an infant along with a gown for the mother to use while breastfeeding. Babies born in district hospitals and community birth centres have been getting the goods that reportedly last for around three months.

Published: 27-04-2014 08:56

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