ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Health Mohammad Afzal Sindhu has said the government will reform and strengthen nursing and midwifery services to achieve health related targets, particularly relating to the maternal and child healthcare.
Addressing the first National Midwifery Conference at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) here on Monday, he said nurses and midwives are the backbone of our health care system and key to achieving millennium development goals about the maternal and child healthcare
The Minister pointed out that training programmes have already been started for the capacity building of midwives and according to a plan, one midwife will be deputed in each village to ensure maternal and child healthcare.
He said the Nursing Council, provincial governments and other stakeholders are working in cohesion for the uplift of the community midwifery services, which will greatly contribute to bring down the maternal and neonatal mortality rate in the country.
Appreciating the services of midwives, he asked them to work diligently and create awareness among the women about the health related issues
Referring to the steps being taken for the welfare of women, he said PPP-led government is determined as per its manifesto for the empowerment and emancipation of women.
USAID representative said that his organization is supporting the government in the training of two thousand community midwives. He said the USAID has assisted in the upgradation of thirty one health care facilities across the country and it will extend further financial assistance for the upgradation of another forty eight facilities.-SANA