Health Desk: July 2, 2017--Over 9,000 working pregnant and lactating mothers received allowance worth around Taka 9.48 crore in Rajshahi during last seven and half years till June 30 last.
They received the support in four phases under 'Working Lactating Mothers Assistance Fund Program' and 2,500 others will get the allowance in all 30 wards under Rajshahi City Corporation by June 2018, according to the sources.
District Women Affairs Officer Shahanaz Begum said, "We have also brought 3,890 more lactating mothers under the allowance in 14 municipalities in the district till last June".
The mothers along with their infants were given necessary antenatal and postnatal healthcare services for maintaining their sound health and to produce sufficient milk for their growing babies, she said.
The lactating mothers need special care, more nutrition and higher calorie than other women as they need more significant quantity of energy as the mother have pivotal role to bring up the newborn babies with sound health, mind and attitude, said, Dr Shahela Jeshmin, Associate Professor in Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH).
Brig General AKM Rafiqul Islam, Director of RMCH, said the present government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been implementing multifarious development programmes for building the children as competent and physically and mentally sound.
Mentionable that each pregnant or lactating mother gets an allowance of Tk 500 per month up to 24 months as adequate diets for them deserve special attention. Mothers aged at least 20 years and above having monthly income of Tk 5,000 or less get the allowance for a baby only one time. Beneficiary mothers draw the allowance through a bank account in four installments.