A recent grant from the government of Japan of approximately 3.445 billion yen will fund the construction of a mother and child healthcare facility at Liaquat University Hospital, Jamshoro.
Sindh exhibits high rates of pregnancy-related deaths (345 per 100,000 live births) and maternal mortality (224 per 100,000 live births). This facility will help alleviate the situation.
A ceremony to mark the commencement of “the Project for the Extension of Maternal and Child Health Care Facility in Sindh” took place at Liaquat University Hospital Jamshoro.
The facility will house 98 beds and 30 cots, featuring essential units such as a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a maternal and fetal intensive care unit (ICU), outpatient departments, an operation theatre, an obstetrics ward, and a laboratory.
The facility’s construction is on track to be finished by April 2025. The opening of the center will lead to a significant improvement in access to maternal and child health services within the locality.
The hospital will benefit approximately 63,000 outpatients and cater to around 420 neonatal intensive care unit admissions annually.
In addition to easing the strain on tertiary hospitals in Karachi and Hyderabad, this project will generate new prospects for families across the southern region of Sindh.
It will enhance accessibility, substantially improving the likelihood of saving lives.
Benefits of the Mother and Child Healthcare Facility
1. Improved maternal and child health outcomes: The facility will provide specialized care and services tailored specifically to the needs of mothers and children.
This focused approach can improve health outcomes, reduce pregnancy-related complications, and decrease infant and maternal mortality rates.
2. Comprehensive services: The facility can offer various services, including antenatal care, postnatal care, skilled birth attendants, neonatal care, immunizations, family planning, and health education.
3. Emergency and critical care: A dedicated facility means that emergency obstetric and urgent neonatal care can be provided promptly. This is crucial for managing complications during childbirth and addressing any medical emergencies that may arise for mothers and newborns.