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Insufficient treatment facilities causing growth of stillbirths, NA told

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Published: April 25, 2016 12:03 pm

Still birth, Child, Mother

ISLAMABAD: Despite preemptive measures and precluding policies the rate of stillbirths is exponentially growing in Pakistan. According to a report published by a medical journal The Lancet, the rate of still birth in Pakistan has reached to 0.25 million per year.

The Minister of State for National Health, Services, Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar told the National Assembly during 1st sitting of its 29th session that due to malnourished and unavailability of ultrasound facility, half of 0.25 million children died during last two month before birth. She was responding to a Calling Attention Notice (CAN) jointly sponsored by female lawmakers belonging to PML-N, Shaista Parvaiz and Asiya Naz Tanoli who sought the attention of Health Minister towards alarming conditions of casualties during birth and highest rate of stillbirths in country.

Minister for Health told the House that after 18th amendment and devolution of power, health is now a provincial subject and provinces have initiated various programs of their own to cope with health related issues. She was of the view that after a meeting of national and international health experts with the Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the Federal Government has drafted a ten point agenda on same subject with the assistance of World Health Organization (WHO) that has been shared with the provinces as well.

While replying to a query regarding use of “Bar Codes” on medicines by Shaista Parvaiz, the Minister told the House that procedure of checking the expiry dates of medicines through barcodes would start by the end of this year. In this regard, government has already formed a plan and consultation with pharmaceutical industry is underway.

The Minister while sharing her views regarding death of children in Thar said that the sole responsibility lies on provincial governments to initiate health programs and facilitate citizens with better health care.  She said that to control stillbirths and safety of precious lives of mothers and child during pregnancy in remote areas, provinces have to take prompt actions by investing on health.
She was of the view that there is no other way to deal with this issue except initiating government funded special programs to provide facilities for better health.

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