‘80% babies in Pakistan delivered at homes’

KARACHI: Medical experts, addressing a seminar on Saturday to mark World End Fistula Day, have called for mandatory provisions for primary healthcare at grassroot levels to help people against serious health conditions.


The programme, organised in coordination with Janum Network, also commemorated free treatment services to obstetric fistula patients, comprising mothers experiencing repeated pregnancies without any provision for safe and professional delivery practices in their respective areas.

The head of gynaecology department Murshid Hospital, Dr Samina Naz in her detailed presentation said ‘obstetric fistula’ is an abnormal condition consequent to injury caused due to prolonged labour, leaving concerned women to lifelong disability and frequent instances of abandonment by their families.

The disease causes significant distress in the lives of the patients, as the urine continuously trickles and often the patients are socially stigmatised, said Dr Samina Naz.
She deplored the myths associated with this disease and advised for consulting fistula repair centres rather than reporting to the so-called spiritual healers. The senior gynaecologist termed fistula as a treatable condition and urged the patients to undergo surgery that may permanently resolve the problem.

Gynaecology Consultant Dr Tayyaba Naseer highlighted the precautionary measures that should be taken by a pregnant women and her family. She advised the expecting mothers for adequate nutrition, regular check-ups and immediate medical care in case of any emergency.

Dr Tayyaba was of the view that better care during pregnancy could lead to lesser complications and healthier mother and child.

Murshid School of Nursing Principal Humaira Waheed highlighted the endeavours of Janum Network for training of traditional birth attendants (TBAs) and mentioned that a number of trainings were conducted for TBAs, where safe delivery kits were also provided to them. She said that 80 percent of the deliveries in Pakistan were being carried out at home, usually by the TBAs.

Dr Amir Hussain said Murshid Hospital and Health Care Centre is a private ‘non-profit’ charitable institution, a project of Darut-Tasnif, and is dedicated to the medically under-served population.

“The hospital has already been providing medical care to the people of Shershah, Muhajir Camp, Baldia Town of Karachi as well as Hub, Gadani, Vinder and Uthal of district Labella of Balochistan. It possesses modern equipment and highly qualified consultants, aiming at quality patient care.

A variety of preventive health services and education programmes are part of the hospital’s activities, said Dr Amir Hussain.