PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakthunkhwa government has set up 26 schools for community midwives in 24 districts, besides training 1,072 midwives during its first three years.
The present government through the above initiative, focussed on the reduction of high infant mortality rate (IMR), child mortality rate (CMR) and maternal mortality rate (MMR).
According to an official, a monthly stipend of Rs. 3500 per month is being given to the midwives along with free hostel accommodation and pick and drop facility.
He said the country had high infant mortality, child mortality and maternal mortality rates as compared to the neighbouring countries and these were comparatively high in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa than rest of the country.
In addition to equipment, medicine and supplies to the hospitals, the government has established a net of baby friendly clinics across the province with major success in reducing IMR and CMR, he added.
Besides mother care (EMC) training and maternal health services in 88 rural health centers (RHCs) across the province, he said, the government had given special scholarships for post-graduate (MPH) courses to encourage doctors and nurses. (APP)