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Ulema urge safety of mother & Newborn Children

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ISLAMABAD: It is an obligation upon every Cleric to play his due role in saving thousands of precious lives of mothers and newborns that die every year, said Mufti-e-Azam Pakistan, Mufti Muhammad Rafi Usmani at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) on Saturday. The national convention titled ‘Mother and Child Health and the Role of Ulama’ organised by Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN), a UNSAID funded program, in collaboration with the National Research and Development Foundation (NRDF).

More than 600 religious leaders attended the convention, from the country in a national initiative, which aims at promoting the role of religious leaders in advocating for mother and newborn health in their respective circles and communities. Mufti-e-Azam Pakistan, said we have failed in providing the due share to our women for ensuring their health, well-being and education. He deemed it as the most important challenge face by Pakistan. “The role of cleric is not only restricted to religious issues but beyond and covers all earthly matters too,” he added. He emphasized it is therefore, the duty of every scholar, to play their due share in saving thousands of precious lives of mothers and newborns that die every year.

Speaking at the occasion, Country Representative of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Fayyaz Ahmad Khan highlighted the plight of thousands of mothers who were at risk of dying mostly due to preventable and unnecessary causes. He highlighted the fact that Pakistan has the worst indicators of mother and newborn health in the entire region, and only Afghanistan stood worst than Pakistan. He said thousands of lives can be saved through simple measures of birth preparedness, delivery by a skilled birth attendant and ensuring that both the mother and her newborn got medical examination soon after delivery.Role of Ulema in the Health of Mothers of Newly born Children

A child health specialist Dr Amanullah Khan said every year around 20,000 mothers and 400,000 children die because of pregnancy related complication that can be avoided through simple precautionary measures. He added that two-third of the children in Pakistan die in the first month of their lives, this proportion could be significantly reduced by simple practices, such as delayed bathing of newborn and early initiation of breastfeeding. Other speakers Sheikh-ul-Hadees Mullana Zahid ul Rashdi of Nusrat-ul-Alum, Ameer Jammat Aehl-e-Sunnat Mufti Zameer Ahmad Sajid, Director General Sheikh Zayed Islamic Center of the Karachi University, Professor Dr Noor Ahmad Shahtaz, and Allama Abdul Majeed Nadeem Shah were also among the speakers.

Original Article: The Daily Times

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