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International Midwife Day today

DHAKA, May 5, 2017 (BSS)- The International Day of the Midwife (IDM) 2017 will be observed in the country today as elsewhere in the world.

The day is being observed as a mark of recognition to the contribution of midwives to saving lives of women, adolescent girls and newborns, sometimes under very difficult circumstances, said a press release.

To mark the day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages.

In his message, President Abdul Hamid today laid emphasis on increasing the numbers of trained and skilled midwives in the country to reduce mother and child mortality rates at desired level.

"I believe it is possible to check deaths of mother and children through creating huge mass awareness, educating mothers and building skilled midwives," he said.

Referring to this year's theme of the day 'Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life' the President said this theme is very time befitting.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said, "I believe proper planning and coordinated management and huge mass awareness can play effective role in resolving health problems of mothers and children."

Referring to this year's theme of the day -'Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life'- the Prime Minister said this theme is very time befitting.

She said her government has established 18,037 community clinics and union health centers at grass root level to reach healthcare services at doorsteps of people.

The President and the Prime Minister wished all success of the day.

A programme will be organized in the Institution of Diploma Engineers' today at 11 am.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim will address it as the chief guest.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)