Maternal and Infant Mortality Reduced in Zabul

“Currently, 77 health centres are active in Zabul province, and most provide 24-hour treatment and nutrition services for mothers and babies. Due to this, the mothers and babies death rate in this province has decreased to zero”, according to Zabul health officials.

  Jamshid Mujadedi and Abdul Qayum Ajiz
18 Aug 2023
Maternal and Infant Mortality Reduced in Zabul

Mirwais Afghan, head of public health in Zabul says that awareness raising, health recommendations, fighting against anaemia and diarrhoea and increasing the number of female health workers caused no registration of mothers and babies deaths in the last five months in this province.

“Our mobile health teams were deployed to clinics that operate 24 hours a day to protect mothers and babies (especially mothers who give birth and do not have access to health centres). We don’t have any clinic in Zabul without midwives, so in the last four or five months we don’t have any case of mothers or babies deaths.”

It should be mentioned that most of the births in Zabul province take place in the provincial hospital.

Mohammad Dawood Majidi, the Zabul Provincial Hospital director, also confirms improvement in this hospital’s services compared to the past, and according to him, about 25 children are born normally in this hospital every 24 hours.

“About 750 people visit the provincial hospital every month, and 20 to 25 women give birth, among them are those who give birth usually. There are cases that we help with and some of them are operated. Currently, the provincial hospital has all the necessary facilities in the maternity department.

In addition, Bibi Gul, a health expert in Zabul province, also confirms that compared to the past, a large number of women in this province go to hospitals to give birth.

“In all the clinics of Zabul province, professionals perform births every day. It caused a decrease in mothers’ and babies’ mortality. I work every day and inform people to prevent the deaths of mothers and babies. “Families should refer pregnant women to specialists.”

Bashir Ahmad, whose wife gave birth to a son, says that the health services for women in Zabul province have improved.

“Now, there are clinics in Zabul and the services are better than before. I had brought my wife to the hospital and now she has recovered, now I am taking her home and God gave me a son.”

Wali Jan, whose daughter was recently born in the provincial hospital of Zabul, says: “There is a hospital in our village, we take our pregnant women and patients to the nearest hospital. There are qualified doctors and midwives.

It should be mentioned that before this, the lack of doctors and female health workers in remote districts was the only problem in preventing the mothers’ and babies’ deaths, but now this problem has been solved to a large extent.

Meanwhile, dozens of other girls are training in private health institutes, in midwifery, nursing and dental departments, and they will also start working in these departments after graduation.


Translated by: Sadaf Yarmal

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