MDG on maternal mortality before deadline: Minister

MDG on maternal mortality before deadline: Minister

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Bangladesh will be able to achieve the MDG target regarding maternal mortality rate reduction well ahead of the 2015 deadline, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque told Parliament on Tuesday.   “We’re progressing well in the areas of reducing child and maternal mortality rate. We hope we’ll achieve the MDG goal regarding maternal mortality reduction well before the deadline like our achievement in reducing child mortality rate,” he said, responding to a supplementary question of Chemon Ara Begum (Women Seat-9).   Dr Ruhal Haque mentioned that Bangladesh received an UN award for its remarkable achievements in attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) particularly in reducing child mortality rate (September 2010).   He said the government has taken a project titled ‘Helping Babies Breath (HBB)’ to provide training to the doctors, nurses and others on the management of newborn babies’ breathing-related complexities.   “The activities of the project have been expanded to 50 districts. The other districts will also be brought under the project gradually.”   Responding to starred question of Sadhan Chandra Majumdar (Nagaon-1), the Health Minister said the matter of recruiting 5000 doctors on ad-hoc basis is under active consideration of the government to fill up the vacant posts urgently.   Replying to a scripted question of Begum Ashrafunnesa Mosharraf (Women Seat-5), he said the recruitment of doctors under 32nd and 33rd BCS is under way.   In response to another scripted question of Nasimul Alam Chowdhury (Comilla-8), Dr Ruhal Haque said there are some 844 medicine producing companies in the country that include 267 allopathic, 268 Unani, 204 Ayurbedic, 79 homeopathic and 26 herbal companies. – UNB

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