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- Thursday, September 22, 2011 - From Print Edition




Gynecologists and family planning experts on Wednesday stressed the need to raise awareness among married couples on the use of contraceptives to avoid unintended pregnancies as it would help in lowering maternal and infant mortality in Pakistan, which is the highest in the region.


They expressed these views at a symposium, organised by Bayer HealthCare Pakistan, on the eve of World Contraception Day.


The speakers were Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecology Prof Dr Sadia Ahsan Pal, Head of Department Gynecology & Obstetric Hamdard Hospital Professor Dr Asif Zia Akhter and Consultant Gynecologist at AKUH Dr Rukhsana Mughal.


The symposium was aimed at improving awareness on various kinds of contraceptive methods and to facilitate open discussions, providing balanced information as well as tailored resources. The speakers were of the view that the reproduction health was of immense importance, but people were less aware about the matter or had incorrect knowledge and, in some cases, relied on myths. They said better family planning methods also decrease the number of abortions and thus lower the maternal mortality rate. The experts added that in today’s world, contraception was not an option, but a basic need for better healthcare.


Prof Sadia Ahsan Pal said parents should have reasons to manage pregnancies and should know how to have a safe childbirth. She said it is not just the gynecologists` job, but the responsibility lies on everybody, including doctors and parents, to ensure that a child is rightly conceived and safely delivered.


She called on doctors to help married couples choose a secure and safe method of contraception with the least chances of failure. To mark its importance, Bayer HealthCare Pakistan organised a series of symposiums in seven major cities of Pakistan.


Bayer HealthCare Pakistan introduced locally-created characters named Mr and Mrs Mansu to illustrate their campaign to help spread awareness among married couples.


The names for Mr and Mrs Mansu (Mian Mansu and Begum Mansu) were derived by the term “Mansuba”, which in the Urdu language means planning.