Community clinic helps safe delivery for rural mother

(BSS) Parveen Akter did not face any problem during her maternity period in the last year, thanks for providing all sorts of health services, including regular checkups, medicines, nutritional education and micro-nutrient supplements, free of cost by the government to ensure safe delivery.

“My mason husband and I were very anxious about the services during the maternity period. But, community clinic removed our all anxieties. The Community Health Care Provider (CHCP) of our neighborhood community clinic provided enough services during the period,” said Parveen Akter, who gave birth to a son last year, while sharing her experience with BSS.

In delivery time, she said, all staff of the Uttar Gabida Pur Community Clinic under Feni Sadar Upazila arranged all facilities, including ambulance and oxygen, for any emergency case, but nothing was needed for the skilled hands of CHCP.

“Even after maternity period, I am receiving treatment from the clinic and I express satisfaction over the services of the community clinic” she added.

Like Parveen Akter, Zannatul Ferdaous, wife of a CNG driver, gave birth to a girl child through safe delivery in the last year by receiving treatment from the same community clinic. She and her other family members also expressed satisfaction over the health services being delivered to their doorsteps by members of community clinic.

The two women expressed their gratitude to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for taking the initiative to ensure the primary health care services for people at grassroots level.

Talking to BSS, Feni District Civil Surgeon Dr Hasan Shahriar Kabir said over 70 lakh people under six upazillas received better healthcare services from 148 community clinics in the district till 2017.

He said several community clinics of the districts conducted safe deliveries of 35 rural mothers till now as facilities are being made available to increase number of community clinics for the purpose.

The civil surgeon said the patients of the clinics are increasing day by day as people are getting health education, referral advice, pregnancy checkups and vaccination at the clinics.

“Low-income people of the area faced many problems before launching of the community clinics in the district, but now they are getting primary health care services, including advices and necessary medicines, from the clinics without hassle,” he added.

A community clinic comprises with community health provider, health assistant, family planning assistant, deputy health inspector and health visitor, he said, adding that the government is providing 31 different types medicines to the patient at free of cost.

At the community clinics, he said, pregnant mothers are being given infertility healthcare facilities including immunization during pregnancy.

All necessary healthcare facilities are also given from the community clinics to protect children and adolescents from different diseases including tuberculosis, pneumonia, polio, cough and hepatitis-B, he added.

Dr M Sazzad Hossain, Health and Family Planning Officer of Feni Sadar Upazila, said around 3.50 lakh patients received treatment from the 41 community clinics in the Upazila in 2017 and the service receivers are increasing day by day.

Out of the 35 safe deliveries, he said, a total of 10 safe deliveries have been conducted in the upazila.

He urged the government to take necessary steps for providing all sorts of manpower and equipment support to increase safe delivery in the upazila.

Talking to BSS, CHSP of the Uttar Gobinda Pur Community Clinic Ziaur Rahman said he conducted two safe deliveries at his clinics in the last year.

“In addition to conducting safe deliveries, I also provided health services to 7,886 common people, including 4,376 women at my clinic last year,” he added.

He said poor people in rural areas are getting healthcare services at the community clinics free of cost and this has been possible because of pro- people initiative of the present government of reopening community clinics.

After coming to power in 1996, the Awami League government had a plan for setting up 13,000 community clinics across the country. In line with the plan, the activities of community clinics started in 1998.

In 2009, the Awami League government reopened the community clinics aiming to reach healthcare facilities to the doorstep of the rural people and the community clinics have been set up for every 6,000 people in rural areas.