Women’s Day at
Baqai Medical University

KARACHI: International Women’s was Day celebrated by Baqai Medical University in collaboration with SOGP, AMAN & NCMNH in which the faculty memebers of obstetrics and gynaecology along with large number of doctors, paramedic staff, midwifes and medical students actively participated. Prof. Farrukh Naheed conducted the seminar. Prof. Zahida Baqai was the chairperson of the seminar.

International Women’s Day was celebrated at Baqai Medical University recently. Photograph taken on
this occasion shows Prof. Zahida Baqai Vice Chancellor of BMU and Prof. Sadiqua Jafary with
the guest speakers 
representing various women organizations.

The Chief Guest Prof. Sadiqua Jaferay, President, NCMNH spoke on “Current Obstetric Practices to Reduce Maternal Mortality”. She mentioned that every year in Pakistan 15000 women die because of MMR and Baluchistan and Sindh have the highest rate of 785 and 314 maternal death respectively. Most of these deaths, she opined, were preventable. Survey shows that postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal death. Similarly she described the socio-cultured factors like: gender inequality, lack of care during pregnancy and child birth, poverty, superstitions and proposed evidence based interventions to reduce maternal mortality.

Prof. Azra Ahsan President, AMAN talked about the “Population Scenario in Pakistan”. She showed a video courtesy Shehzad Roy Program “Chal Para”. In this video a men have 22 children’s and he just knew 13 children’s name out of 22. She identify the main problem of our society that we did not even plan how to educate our children, early age marriages, no family planning etc. Pakistan stand on number 6 in world for highest population. Pakistan population increased rapidly day by day. We are above then 200 millions in which 51% are men and 48.76% are women. She highlighted the various factors and causes of population growth saying that 50% pregnancy are not planned in Pakistan. Couples don’t practice their family planning, women who lives in rural areas, poor, uneducated and it is also the highest cause of adult women death. She appreciated that Social Obstetrics Department of Baqai Medical University which provides the facility for IUD devices insertion.

Prof. Sadia Paul, Vice President SOGP, talked about “Domestic Violence and sexual abuse” said that we have law, rules and regulation but we don’t have its implementation. Thus we are the part of social violence. Education can make the women empower and mother is the focal person of the society and have to care mother health because we are responsible for it.

Prof. Nusrat Shah, Secretary SOGP, said that we all are here on the occasion of International Women’s Day to educate people and minimize the social violence against women. Prof. Zahida Baqai, Vice Chancellor, BMU, presented memento to chief guest and distinguished speakers and said that we need to intensify our efforts to reduce maternal mortality and popularize population planning programmes and promote use of contraceptives. (PR)