Daboya, (N/R), GNA – Madam Georgina Apedo, Midwife of the Daboya Polyclinic has expressed worry that many pregnant women still patronised the services of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) instead of skill delivery at health facilities.
“TBAs compete with us for deliveries in this area”.
She said the pregnant women go to the health facilities for antenatal services during pregnancy, but fail to turn up for deliveries stressing that some of them were usually convinced by TBAs to deliver at home instead of health facilities.
Madam Apedo who was addressing a Knowledge Sharing Session (KSS) at Daboya in the North Gonja District urged couples to patronise the services of health facilities from conception to birth in order to ensure a healthy delivery.
The forum which attracted diverse groups of people from the Daboya community was part of an innovative sensitisation campaign aimed at improving maternal and child health in the Northern, Volta and Upper West regions being implemented by Savana Signatures, an NGO in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service.
The Technology for Maternal and Child Health (T4MCH) project is being implemented in the Northern, Upper West and Volta regions with funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC).
Madam Apedo explained that the TBAs were competing with midwives because of economic benefits they received from deliveries noting that the concept of traditional delivery was much rooted in the culture of some people, a situation she indicated had dire consequences for women and infants.
She said in such circumstances, some women deliver with a retained placenta, while others experienced serious complications when delivered by the TBAs and urged all pregnant women to deliver at health facilities where professionals would attend to them.
The midwife also expressed worry over alarming rate of teenage pregnancies in the area noting that about 11 teenage pregnancies were recorded between November and December, 2017 alone.
Madam Apedo urged parents to take good care of their wards since economic challenges were the major push factor to teenage pregnancies.
She lauded the T4MCH project for its effort in reducing maternal and infant mortalities in the area stressing that “we hardly record maternal mortalities in our facility because of the benefits of the project”.
Mr Zakaria Muhaideen, a beneficiary of T4MCH commended Savana Signatures for their innovations explaining that without them, he would have been childless since his wife had five miscarriages but with the help of T4MCH procedures, she was able to deliver without difficulties.
“I am very grateful for the support they gave me, which helped my wife to deliver a bouncing baby boy…if I have money, I will support them to continue their good works”, he emphasised.
Mr Muhaideen entreated people especially pregnant women to take Savana Signatures sms and voice messages seriously saying that when couples adopt the methodology, they would have stress free deliveries.