Kathmandu, April 17, 2018: Safe motherhood campaign is about to launched by health minister in the year 2018-19 to reduce maternal mortality rate in the country and increase awareness about it.
Padma Kumari Aryal, the Minister of State for Health and Population begun the campaign by congratulating five new mothers at a programme in the capital yesterday.
Minister Aryal said that a safe motherhood fund will be set up in every municipality and it will available during childbirth.
According to the planning, government hospitals across the country will provide free services in the screening of cervical cancer, breast cancer and fistula at first and also will last from April to July.
Motherhood fund will be set up in all municipalities across the country for the second time and will be running from July to October.
Essay writing and elocution competition will be organized to raise awareness about safe motherhood and women’s reproductive health at the third time and run from October to January.
Awareness programme on menstrual health and hygiene will be conducted among adolescent girls and sanitary napkins will be distributed to schoolgirls across the country at the fourth time and run from January to March.
According to information of Nepal Demographic Health Surveys 2013, the maternal rate for the period 2009 to 2016 was 239 deaths per 100,000 live births and at the same time, Nepal has committed to reducing the maternal mortality rate to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030.