BSS-40 Safe Motherhood Day tomorrow

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SAFE-MOTHERHOOD-DAY

Safe Motherhood Day tomorrow

DHAKA, May 27, 2019 (BSS) – The “Safe Motherhood Day-2019” will be observed
tomorrow in the country in a befitting manner.

This year’s theme of the day is “Dignity and Right: Pledge to Midwife
Service at Health Centers”.

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today issued
separate messages on the occasion of the day.

The President, in his message, said safe motherhood is right to every
mother and it is essential for a beautiful and meaningful life. Realizing the
importance, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had declared the May 28 as the Safe
Motherhood Day in 1997, he said.

The President said the country has attained remarkable success in reducing
child and maternal mortality rate in the last one decade.

Bangladesh is now considered as a role model of development in health
sector, he added.

In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the development of
maternal and child health is the indispensible part of national development.

She said the country has achieved outstanding success in maternal and
child health development in the last one decade as child and maternal
morality and population growth rate have reduced.

The premier said her government has introduced three-year ‘midwifery
course’ to ensure safe delivery and motherhood.

“We have big challenge ahead to reduce the maternal mortality ratio to less
than 70 deaths per 100,000 live births and reduce newborn mortality to 12 per
1,000 live births by 2030 to attain Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),”
she said.

To meet the challenge, she said, the Health and Family Welfare Ministry is
working to implement fourth health sector programme (2017-22) in light with
the national seventh five year plan and Vision 2021.

The President and the Prime Minister wished success of the observance of
the Safe Motherhood Day.

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