Maternal mortality is significantly high in Pakistan. This is chiefly due to pregnancy related complications such as threatened abortion, ante-partum hemorrhage, pre eclampsia, etc. Mothers generally do not go for ante – natal care and most deliveries are conducted at home.
Maternal and Child health Centers have been established in Manzoor Colony, Mujahid Colony and Bilal Colony where ante – natal care is provided to mothers. High-risk pregnancies are identified. Anemia is treated, nutrition advice is given and fetal monitoring is carried out. For this purpose a liaison has been established with the TBA’s in the area. Simple deliveries are conducted in the MCH Centre. In case of complications, the MCH Staff immediately takes the patient to a Tertiary Care Hospital. In case of threatened abortions, D & C is performed under hygienic conditions. Family Planning is an important activity. This includes motivation for FP, provision of FP products as well as insertion of IUCDs. Community – based FP services provide a wide – base for FP services and is very successful. Women feel free to come and discuss FP related issues. There is active support from the male group. Preventive and curative health services are provided to children. This includes free immunization services in the MCH Centers and outreach mobile teams for immunization. Nutrition advice is given to mothers including promotion of breastfeeding as well as weaning diets. Growth monitoring of children is done. ORS packets are provided to children with diarrhea. In addition, minor ailments like cough, fever, etc. are treated. Hence, both curative and preventive health services are provided for mothers and children.