Minister asks for help to strengthen family planning services – Journal

KARACHI: The Provincial Minister of Health, in a meeting held with representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), requested the other day for assistance in strengthening family planning and reproductive health services in the province.

The meeting chaired by the Minister of Health and People’s Welfare, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, brought together Dr. Yasmeen Qazi, BMGF’s Senior National Advisor for Family Planning and Maternal and Newborn Health, Parliamentary Secretary Health Qasim Soomro, Health Secretary Zulfiqar Shah and Family Planning Focal Person. Dr. Talib Lashari, among others.

During the meeting, Dr. Pechuho requested BMGF’s assistance in developing an effective communication strategy and infection prevention, urging all stakeholders to stay in regular communication to avoid duplication in services and regions.

Sharing developments in the sector, Dr Pechuho said there had been successful partnerships with the private sector and there had been voluntary distributors of contraceptives, which were provided free of charge to the private sector and should be provided free of charge. to people.

The Minister also informed the meeting that the Reproductive Health Bill has been amended to include personal care, a communication strategy for the community as well as service providers, and a register of maternal deaths, largely attributed to referrals. late.

She stressed the need to focus on preventive health care, which included educating adolescent girls about their reproductive, health, nutrition and hygiene rights so they can make informed decisions about life. ‘coming. It also meant, she said, easy access to service providers and counselling, especially to male family members.

Highlighting measures to be taken to address the high number of maternal deaths in the province, health department officials informed the meeting that birthing stations were being made available at health clinics across Sindh and there were plans to to establish more such clinics in underserved areas of the province.

Currently, 93 such clinics are operating successfully in pilot projects in five districts; Tharparkar, Sujawal, Thatta, Jamshoro and Qambar Shahdadkot.

Posted in Dawn, August 4, 2022

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