Poor healthcare systems-especially for mothers and children

Habits of pessimism lead to depression, wither achievement, and undermine physical health. The good news is that pessimism can be unlearned, and that with its removal depression, underachievement, and poor health can be alleviated.
– Martin Seligman
The future of society depends upon the health of the children of today and their mothers. Every kid has the right to a sound and healthy start to their life, and their mothers ought to receive quality medical services and medicines during pregnancy and labor. Too many children continue to die prematurely day after day in spite of so many advancements. Poorer children are almost six times more likely to pass away before their fifth birthday in comparison to their wealthier counterparts. New-borns in poorer countries are in much higher risk of death than in richer countries. Although for a family with sufficient money, the birth of a child is a thing of great joy, for families without sufficient opportunities, it is often a period of dread. Accodring to the World Health Organization (WHO), pregnancy and childbirth cause the deaths of nearly 800 such women every day. It is possible to avoid such circumstances with the introduction of proper and timely healthcare. Healthy children are a prime asset of the human world, while hunger and malnutrition often cause reduced cognitive development and intellectual performance in most children.
Occurrences of deaths due to pregnancy and childbirth are mostly prevalent in rural areas, where proper facilities are not available. These pregnant mothers mostly need to travel long distances in order to avail such services. The journey in these situations is long and arduous, and more often than not is not possible to be undergone by most. Even when they arrive at the medical facilities after a difficult journey, they often find these facilities to be understaffed and underprepared, not capable to carry out such procedures. Minority communities often face discrimination at local healthcare facilities which contributes to a higher-than-average fatality rate for such people. More often than not, medical knowledge is not put into good use due to the unavailability of a necessary number of facilities to perform such procedures. Poverty, cultural traditions and legal affairs often forbid mothers from seeking proper healthcare for themselves and their offsprings. Provision of water and decent sanitation must be done. Newborns must be kept away from indoor pollutants like the gas produced when coal is burnt in order to cook food. Mothers often are unaware of proper maternal procedures due to lack of education. Timely introduction of properly complementary foods according to a child’s age must be taken care of.
Joblessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Hunger is a weapon of mass destruction. Poor health care is a weapon of mass destruction. Poor education is a weapon of mass destruction. Discrimination is a weapon of mass destruction. Let us abolish such weapons of mass destruction here at home.
– Dennis Kucinich
With modern scientific and technological advancements, it is very well possible to treat any complications with regard to pregnancy and childbirth. Spending money on such healthcare services by the Government is a very rational decision and is in the interest of the nation. Adequately staffed hospitals should be available in close proximity of even sparsely populated rural areas. Medical representatives must be well educated about humanity and minority communities in order to reduce discriminatory acts which are quite prevalent in today’s age. Health check-ups and medicine could be made free for such young mothers in need. Working together, the World Health Organization and the World Bank are advancing towards the practise of proper healthcare practises throughout the world.