Maternal and infant mortality rates have greatly decreased in Kunduz, thanks to healthcare improvements and increased public awareness around the province.
Mortality rates of mothers dropped approximately 80 percent this year, according to Kunduz officials. In fact, there have been no recorded maternal deaths in the Kunduz regional hospital this year.
The decrease is mainly due to GIRoA’s establishment of health centers in remote areas, improvement of communication and transportation services, and better access between villages and district centers. Additionally, government efforts to educate expectant mothers on risks also played a crucial role in reducing the number of deaths.
Dr. Naeem Mangal, the Kunduz Regional Hospital director, said not only has the maternal mortality rate dropped, but the infant mortality rate has also declined in the last couple of years in the province, thanks to an increase in the number of public health workers. Dr. Mangal predicted that infant mortality rates could reach zero percent soon.
Members of the provincial council recently visited Kunduz’s regional hospital and noted their satisfaction with the facilities. The council members said the improvements were a good move by the health sector of Kunduz.
Kunduz residents also acknowledged the improvements to health facilities and said that access to such centers has been made easier.