The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar said that the government wanted to see every tribal as a healthy, educated and prosperous citizen of Pakistan.
Addressing the ceremony held at Governor’s House for deployment of Community Midwife in Fata health system the Governor said that in order to reduce maternal and new born mortality rates, focus must be laid on evidence based interventions which could decrease maternal and newborn mortality rates.
The ceremony was also attended by ACS FATA, Secretary Social Sector FATA, Secretary Law & Order FATA, members of International Organizations and others.
The Governor presented course completion certificates and shields to the positions holder and gave midwife Rs 20,000 each as a reward for their successful course completion in their training institutions.
Masood Kausar said that problems in FATA were very complex as compared to the rest of the country but the security situation in different parts of FATA was just improving. He further said that availability of female health care providers who were directly involved in provision of services in the community to the females and new born was a great challenge for FATA but said that it was encouraging that Health Sector FATA had made efforts to improve Public Health of the people of FATA especially mother and child health by implementing MNCH program besides other vertical programs.
He said that the program strengthened the Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Neonatal Care (CEONC) services by providing state of the art equipments and essential trainings to health care providers in order to reduce maternal deaths and improve infant mortality ratio.
He said that the program had established two schools at DI Khan and Peshawar for the training of female community Midwives (CMWs) from various agencies of FATA and said that after their deployment in the community, they would provide community based midwifery service package including both preventive clinical services at their work station which would help to achieve the MDG goals.
He urged the FATA authorities to improve their monitoring and evaluation services and said that the Health Management Information System could be a good tool for that.