World Contraception Day
meeting at DUHS

KARACHI: Dow University of Health Sciences organized a meeting to celebrate the World Contraception Day on September 27th 2019. It was organized in collaboration with National Committee for Maternal and Neonatal Health and Path Finder International. Speaking on the occasion, the speakers pointed towards the rapidly growing population in Pakistan which they felt was extremely harmful to both mother and baby. This is adversely affecting the economy of the country as well. Pakistan tops the list of those countries where maternal and infant mortality is high during childbirth and delivery. The experts were of the view that we need to have at least three years gap between births. Doing this, we will not only be able to control the growing population but also help to reduce the mortality rates of mothers and babies.

A view of the meeting held on World Contraceptive Day at Baqai Medical University last week.

Those who were present at the seminar included Principal Dow Medical College Prof. Amjad Siraj Memon, Vice Principal Prof. Sumaila Khalid, Head professor of Gynae ward at Dr. Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Prof. Nusrat Shah, Dr. Tabinda Sarosh from Path Finder, Head doctor of New Step at NCMNH Dr. Maryam Waqas, Dr. Sadia Paul, Dr. Azra Ahsan, Ms. Raheel Saeed, Dr. Zofeen Ibrahim, and others.

It was pointed out that if the interval between child births is increased to 36 months, the mortality rate for children under five is 25% and if the interval is kept up to 24 months, this rate can be reduced by 13%. Family planning during maternity leave can reduce one third of mortality rate. 2.2 million Women in Pakistan are forced to have abortions due to complications. (PR)

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