Banke, May 1:
The rate of child and maternal mortality is declining at different villages of the district following the formation of the pregnant women’s group.
Owing to the awareness generated by the group, the people from the villages are now aware about safe maternity service.
The women of Manikarpur VDC who were compelled to give birth to their children at their houses before are now receiving safe maternity service at nearby health posts.
The scenario has changed only because of the awareness spread by the group. The child and maternal mortality rate is declining accordingly.
Manikapur is just an example. There are many villages in the district where such groups have been generating awareness about the safe maternity.
The people of these villages are slowly getting aware about the importance of safe motherhood. So they prefer to visit health posts and hospital for the child delivery.
Shakti Gubhaju, a female health volunteer of Manikapur, said that these days the pregnant women of the VDC frequently visit health posts for regular check-up and if any complications are seen during pregnancy, the doctors tries to treat the would-mothers before the delivery.
Hence the child and maternal mortality is declining accordingly, she added.
The group has brought positive changes among the people of the community who were far from getting the access to education. People are now aware about the healthy and hygienic life, she added.
The women of these villages who were scared visiting hospital and health posts now prefer to visit hospitals for regular check-up and safe delivery.
Sani Devi Verma who has been working as a female health volunteer for the last 23 years said that the groups have been working effectively in both Banke and Bardiya districts.
Verma said the groups have been generating awareness among their husband and their mother-in-laws with a view that the whole family will lend its supporting hands during the period of the pregnancy and delivery time, she added.
The group has been encouraging people to visit hospitals for the regular check-up and making them aware taking precautions during the whole period of pregnancy, she said.
Through this way the group has been supporting to bring child and maternal mortality rate under the control, added Verma.
The women who are associated with the groups gathered for meeting on a monthly basis and share their experiences, ideas and problems. Through the discussion and the support of the female health volunteers, they tried to find out the solutions, said Verma.
According to the District Public Health Office, around two years ago, the maternal mortality rate was 207 out of 100,000 in Banke. Now the rate has declined by 193 out of 100,000.