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MNCH producing results despite lack of funds.

Byline: Salman Yousafzai

PESHAWAR -- Despite delay and insufficient financial allocation of funds, Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Program brought improvement in maternal, news born and child health of the population, particularly among the poor and marginalized segment, Provincial coordinator MNCH Dr. Sahib Gul said.

He said that possibility to achieve the MDG 4 and 5, and to bring down the mortality rates of mother and child to the set targets could be done through sufficient resource mobilization and allocation. So far out of the allocated Rs 2770.917 million in PC-1 for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the MNCH program, the released money till date was only Rs 873.261 million, he informed.

According to Pakistan Demographic Health Survey 89 less than five years children died among 1000 children in 2012-13 in KP while 94 children died in 1000 children in 2006-7.

Dr. Hidat Ullah, provincial monitoring and evolution officer said it a big achievement of MNCH programme despite financial constraints. He informed that the program brought reduction in neonatal, infant and maternal mortality rate. He said KP MNCH program had done wonderful job as compare to Punjab and Baluchistan. The mortality rate maternal and children of KP is less than Baluchistan and Punjab.

Our target is to reduce neonatal mortality rate to less than 25/1000 till 2018 while currently the rate is 55/1000, he said. Maternal Mortality Ratio is also decrease as compare to 2006-7, adding that 275 mothers died during giving birth in 100,000 women in 2006-7 while the number has been reduced to 206 currently, he said.

Reduction in the infant mortality rate was to less than 55 per 1000 live births by 2011 and 40/1000 by 2015 that was currently 63/1000, he informed.

In order to improve accessibility of quality MNCH services through development and implementation, an integrated and sustainable MNCH program has been going-on at all levels of the health care delivery system in KP.

Regarding Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (EmONC) Services he said that at Basic Health Unit level the same services were not strengthened at the moment due to shortage of funds. There was 10 DHQs currently wherein 24 hours services regarding comprehensive EmONC were available.

He informed that MNCH program was meant to fill the gaps in the health sector with efficiency and better services adding that right deployment play major role in reducing maternal and child mortality rates in the region.

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Publication:Frontier Post (Peshawar, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 23, 2016
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