Some 5,000 pregnant women living in these flood affected districts will be benefited from UNFPA's emergency reproductive health kit.
Argentina Matavel Piccin, UNFPA representative to Bangladesh, handed over 110 kits to Directorate General of DGFP Mohammad Wahid Hossain at the IME conference room of the directorate.
According to the UNFPA, the kits include medical device, equipment, delivery set, suture set, drugs and other subordinate materials to the union level health midwives who would help the expectant women to perform normal deliveries, to suture episiotomies and perineal tears under the local anesthesia.
Argentina said: “Each kit can be used for 45 pregnant women. Around 5,000 women from the flood-hit areas will benefit from it.”
She also stressed the necessity of training midwives and removing the obstacles that come up while recruiting midwives, adding that the DGFP and the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) needs to work together in these issues.
She said: “Midwives should be included in the rapid response teams to ensure that sexual and reproductive health needs of populations affected by disasters are met.”
The upazilas need to be ready in case of such emergency, she added.
DGFP Directorate General Wahid thanked UNFPA and said: “The kits will be used at grassroots level. It will be distributed to health workers working in 30 unions of Jamalpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Sirajganj and Tangail.”
He also ordered the officials concerned to deliver the kits to its destinations within seven days.
He also requested UNFPA to take lead in training the midwives and said that the directorate will make the recruitment process faster.