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PAN, February 21, 2009

2 mothers, 5 newborn die due to lack of facilities in Badakhshan hospitals

In Afghanistan and in each 1000 children aged fewer than five, 197 die due to diseases which are preventable.

Jafar Tayar

FAIZABAD: Residents of northeastern Badakhshan province said that two pregnant women and five children were died due to lack of facilities in the provincial hospitals.

Father burying dead newborn
Faizabad: A father digging a grave to bury his dead newborn child.

The people who tried to transfer their patients to Faizabad civil hospital from Ragh district said that two women and five children were died on their way to hospital in the past week.

Abdul Azim, a resident of Raghistan district said that he transferred his wife to Yawan district hospital in three days, but there was also no gynecologist.

"I was compelled to once again take her to another hospital in Faizabad in a critical condition," he complained.

He added that the infant died and health condition of his wife was critical.

Azada, a woman, who was admitted into Faizabad civil hospital said she was brought to the hospital by her husband and villagers in over 12 hours and her newborn died despite surgery.

She said it was her third child who died due to lack of gynecologist in the district hospital.

Dr. Hajera, head of gynecology- obstetrics at Faizabad civil hospital said that nine pregnant mothers have been brought to the hospital from Ragh district in the past week. She said they could save the lives of the mothers but their babies did not survive.

She said there was no doctor at Yawan district.

Zabihullah Atiq, member of Badakhshan provincial council said that two mothers and ten children were died in last two weeks on their way to hospital.

Pneumonia, severe cough and fever are considered most prevalent diseases in the Ragh and nearby areas due to severe cold.

According to Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), 1600 out of 100000 mothers die during delivery in Afghanistan and in each 1000 children aged fewer than five, 197 die due to diseases which are preventable.

Category: Women, Children, Poverty, Healthcare/Environment - Views: 11464