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PAP hails regularization of Lady Health Workers.

ISLAMABAD -- The recent step of government to regularize the services of 105,086 Lady Health Workers (LHWs) will help create awareness among the masses to avail standardized and professional health services through the trained staff.

"The long standing demand of LHWs of being regularized will not only give relief to them but also improve their efficiency and produce long term affects on combating health related issues, especially in villages and remote areas of the country".

Dr. Rashida Panezai, Joint Secretary, Population Association of Pakistan said that Lady Health Workers programme was acknowledged as one of the most successful models for the delivery of equitable and comprehensive essential health services, especially in the under-privileged low-income communities in the country.

She added that LHWs were providing quality health services to the masses at their doorsteps and had pre-vital role in educating masses to adopt professional healthcare facilities rather than putting their life at risk through consulting untrained midwifes.

Dr Rashida said LHWs' vast coverage, easy access to households, cordial interaction with local women and their proven acceptability in the communities had rendered them trustworthy primary healthcare, Family Planning, and Mother and Child Health service providers at gross root level.

The LHW programme is the backbone of Pakistan's health care system, especially in the rural, far-flung areas, she said and added they had been extremely effective in delivering the message of birth spacing and family planning services where other health facilities did not exist.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jan 28, 2013
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