Province No. 03: In Sindhupalchok, the number of women giving birth in the health post is increasing steadily due to various campaigns run in three municipalities and nine rural municipalities.
The campaign includes free treatment and ‘safe pregnancy’ for pregnant women, and stipend for women giving birth at health posts. Local units such as Melamchi, Helambu, and Indrawati are providing Rs. 3,000 with regular support for pregnant women.
The mayor of Bahrabise Municipality, Mr. Nimafunjo Sherpa said-“We are making basic health posts more managed, and are launching various campaigns with a budget of Rs. 5 million. The local representatives are dedicated to ensuring safe motherhood.”
The Deputy Mayor, Januka Parajuli said that the Melamchi Municipality has allocated Rs20 million for health services this year. It operates free health camps in various places locations.
Chairperson of the rural municipality, Mr. Bansha Lal Tamang said about 70 percent of pregnant women go to health posts to give birth in Indrawati Rural Municipality. He added that the infant mortality rate is declining significantly. Safe deliveries are also important for bringing down the maternal mortality rate. In Nepal for every 100,000 births and 229 women die during or after childbirth.
Helambu Municipality has constructed two comfortable rest houses targeting pregnant women. According to Mayor Sherpa, the number of women giving birth at the health posts has increased from five in the fiscal year 2017-18 to 74 in 2018-19. He added that this fiscal year, the number is 58. If the health post is unable to treat pregnant women, the municipality will provide free transportation services in Kathmandu.