RAJSHAHI: Rural pregnant women are getting scopes of institutional delivery as the government and non-government organisations are providing services to ensure neonatal healthcare in Rajshahi region.
This situation has started playing a pivotal role in reducing the rate of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity besides protecting their health in the grassroots areas, reports BSS.“I was blessed with my first baby through normal delivery on October 14 last at Yusufpur Union Health and Family Welfare Centre (UH&FWC) under Charghat Upazila,” said Sonali Khatun.
Khatun, wife of Akbar Ali of the nearby Chalk Kapasia village, is very much happy with their newborn baby.
Since its revival in August last after a long time of suspension, the centre has arranged normal deliveries of three other pregnant mothers like Khatun with close supervision of Family Welfare Visitor (FWV) Sheuli Khatun till December last successfully.
“We have referral services for the mothers suffering from various pregnancy-related complexities like vaginal bleeding, eclampsia, severe headaches and fever and delayed labor,” said Sheuli Khatun.
Union Parishad Chairman Shafiqul Islam Ratan said the centre has been reactivated with initiative of the Public Health Improvement Initiatives Rajshahi (PHIIR) project for welfare of local pregnant mothers, particularly the poor and ultra-poor of the community.
He said the FWV was given appointment as contributory staff with financial support of the project.DASCOH Foundation has been implementing the PHIIR project in five upazila health complexes, 42 UHFWCs and 110 Community Clinics in Bagmara, Charghat and Tanore Upazilas in Rajshahi and Porsha and Sapahar Upazilas in Naogaon districts for the last couple of years.