PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar said Thursday that they wanted to see every tribal person a healthy, educated and prosperous citizen of Pakistan.

This he said at the ceremony held for deployment of Community Midwife in the health system in Fata at Governor’s House Peshawar. The ceremony was also attended by ACS Fata, Secretary Social Sector Fata, Secretary Law & Order Fata, members of International Organisations and others. The governor presented course completion certificates and shields to the position holders and gave midwives Rs 20,000 each as a reward for their successful course completion in their training institutions.

The governor said that in order to reduce maternal and newborn mortality rate, they had to focus on evidence-based interventions, which could slow down the momentum of high maternal and newborn mortality rates at first as a short-term strategy and reverse the scenario in longer term. He said that problems in Fata were very complex as compared to the rest of the country but the security situation in different parts of Fata was just improving.

He further said that availability of female health care providers who were directly involved in provision of services in the community to the females and new born was a great challenge for Fata but said that it was encouraging that Health Sector Fata had made efforts to improve Public Health of the people of Fata especially mother and child health by implementing MNCH programme besides other vertical programmes.