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NCSW Statement on Women Giving Birth on Road

Oct 12, 2017

ISLAMABAD, October 12, 2017: ISLAMABAD, October 18, 2017: National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) expresses grave concern over the incident at Raiwind; where a woman gave birth to a child just outside Tehsil Headquarter Hospital (THQ) after being refused entrance into the facility.

Woman named Sameera Bibi was denied access into the hospital as the lady health worker told her that there was no doctor on duty in the early hour of the morning. According to eyewitnesses, there were no rescue 1122 ambulances present at the hospital as well and by the time an ambulance arrived the baby had already been born.

NCSW believes that Provincial government should take strict action against the responsible officials. The Commission is disappointed over the lack of health facilities in one of the most advanced areas of the country linked to the provincial capital.

At the time when international community is targeting to achieve women mortality rate of 70/100,000 live births, Pakistan has a concerning figure of 178/100,000 live births. Incidents like this reflect the deplorable condition of health facilities and access to the existing ones, especially for women, in the country.

NCSW urges the Provincial government to not only address this pressing issue but also put in place a strict monitoring mechanism which ensures that such events can be avoided in future. Such situations require serious such issues. Each citizen of Pakistan has a basic right to access health care and it should not be denied to them in any case.

Khawar Mumtaz
National Commission on the Status of Women

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