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Integrated efforts effective to ensure maternal, neonatal health

BSS, Dhaka
Integrated efforts effective to ensure maternal, neonatal health

High officials and experts have mentioned that integrated efforts of all the government and non-government organizations concerned are very effective to ensure maternal, neonatal and child health services within the primary healthcare system.

All the field level organizations related to maternal and neonatal health should perform their duties with utmost sincerity and honesty to reflect the hopes and aspirations of the grassroots marginalized people.

The speakers made these observations while addressing a national coordination meeting among Director General of Health Services (DGHS), Director General of Family Planning (DGFP), DASCOH Foundation and Swiss Red Cross at BRAC Center Inn, Mohakhali Wednesday.

DASCOH Foundation and Swiss Red Cross jointly organized the meeting under the ‘Public Health Improvement Initiative Rajshahi (PHIIR) Project’ to strengthen maternal, neonatal and child healthcare within the primary healthcare system.

The meeting was told that the PHIIR project is being implemented in 110 community clinics, 42 Union Health and Family Welfare Centres and five Upazila Health Complexes in Rajshahi and Naogaon districts since 2013 in order to improve health status at primary healthcare and mother, neonatal and child health.

Director General of Directorate General of Health Services Professor Khurshid Alam addressed the meeting as the chief guest while Director General of Directorate General of Family Planning Shahan Ara Banu was in the chair.

Professor Khurshid Alam said establishment of a standard and structured referral system is essential and ensuring accessible referral services is only possible through adequate coordination between the different tires and availability of the referred services.

He added that ensuring basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care and comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care services at primary healthcare level is always a challenge and the government is working all over the country to mitigate through different initiatives.

In her remarks, Shahan Ara Banu stressed the need for strengthening community awareness and facility readiness besides deployment of trained service providers to address the root cause of maternal mortality and infant mortality rate. DASCOH Foundation Chief Executive Officer Akramul Haque gave an illustration of the project along with its aims, objectives and implementation strategy during his multimedia presentation.

SRC Country Representative Amitabh Sharma also detailed the project activities.

The meeting shared progress of the project besides discussing the challenges of ensuring comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care at primary healthcare tires and how to face the challenges collectively.

Participants in table talks stressed the need for compliance of private providers with standard quality of care and services.

Coordinated efforts between DGHS and DGFP can be the vital means of attaining desired results at primary healthcare level, they mentioned. Exit strategy and sustainability of project initiatives also came up for discussion elaborately.

Around 35 officials and experts from DGHS and DGFP along with their Rajshahi divisional directors and officials of the two districts joined the workshop.

BK

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