The Ministry of Public Health established a new maternal health center in a bid to reduce the rate of maternal mortality in the country.
This comes as Afghanistan is facing a high number of women's death during childbirth. The doctors said a lack of experience among doctors in the country is the reason for the rise in maternal deaths.
“Our only aim is to provide the mothers and their children with standard services. Second, to reduce the maternal deaths,” said Qalandar Ibad, acting Minister of Public Health.
The doctors believe that the lack of professional doctors and lack of women’s access to health centers are the main reasons for the high rate of maternal deaths.
“The maternal fatalities are at a high level in the provinces because there is no clinic, no hospital, no professional nurse or doctor to at least provide consultation,” said Sahar Sultani, a doctor.
“Many women are giving birth to children at home and this could be the major reason for the maternal deaths,” said Shahista, a doctor.
In accordance with the statistics of the World Health Organization (WHO), Afghanistan recorded the highest number of maternal deaths in 2002. However, within the past one-decade, the rate of maternal deaths has dropped by 60 percent.
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