Bahrain ranks high on maternal health list
Manama, May 31, 2014
Bahrain has been ranked second in the Arab world and 50th at the international level, among 178 countries, in the 15th Annual Issue of State of the World's Mothers report.
It is issued by the British non-governmental organisation 'Save the Children', a non-profit body, which has a number of offices and branches all over the world.
It protects children's rights around the world and is described as the first independent movement to defend children as it provides assistance and helps to support them in developing countries.
In a statement to Bahrain News Agency, head of medical services at primary care Dr Naeema Sabt said that Bahrain's maternal and child health care has a long history dating back to the start of medical services in the kingdom.
Maternal and child health care aims to offer an integrated and preventive health care to mothers and children through pregnancy and after birth.
Dr Sabt said health care resulted in low maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate in Bahrain, adding that the country offers the best services in Maternal and Child Health Care thanks to the tireless efforts exerted in this vital sector, and the Ministry of Health’s care and development so as to achieve the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s goals.
She pointed out that reproductive health is being given special care and attention and the ministry is keen to ensure the best health care. Preventive measures are available in all health centres and free services are of the highest quality, she added.
In another development, Bahrain has won a coveted award from WHO for its anti-tobacco campaign.
Dr Maha Al Muqla and public health anti-smoking group have been selected for this year’s award.
Health Ministry Under-Secretary Dr Aisha Bu Unuq congratulated the leadership on the achievement. She also congratulated Health Minister Sadiq Al Shehabi and the ministry’s staff.-TradeArabia News Service