Because of Dumsor? Midwives deliver using cell phones, candlelight

Erratic power supply in Ghana has forced midwives to use flashlight to assist women in labour to deliver their babies.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Midwives and nurses at the Fomena Health Centre have been depending on mobile phones and candlelight to assist women in labour to deliver their babies.

This was because the centre has no standby generator and whenever there is a power outage, the health workers are forced to improvise.

The acting Medical Director of the centre, Mr. Isaac Odame Awuku, disclosed this when a team from mobile telecommunications company MTN, which provided a maternity ward for the health centre, visited the facility.

Mr. Awuku said the method, though unconventional, was an indication of the staff’s commitment to work, even in the face of the national power crisis.

He stressed that the power crisis had had a serious effect on the running of the health centre because it had no standby generator to power its equipment.

Mr. Awuku, therefore, appealed to corporate Ghana and benevolent organisations to help the centre acquire a generator to help it improve on its health care delivery in the area.

Maternal deaths

That notwithstanding, Mr. Awuku said the centre had not recorded any maternal death in the past three years.

He said the centre recorded, on the average, 400 births per annum. In 2013, Mr Awuku said, 389 deliveries were recorded at the facility, while in 2014, there were 386.

In the first quarter of this year, he said, there were 97 deliveries at the health centre.

Purpose of visit

The Corporate Service Manager of MTN, Mrs Georgina Asare Fiagbenu, said as part of the company's policy, it regularly visited the social infrastructure it had helped to build to find out how they were being maintained.

Thus, the visit was to find out if the maternity ward was serving its purpose and also earn some of the challenges the centre was facing.

She commended the nurses and midwives at the centre for their hard work and dedication to work.

Source: Graphiconline

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Cross Country Nigerian kidnapper has Ghanaian passport and two homes in...bullet
2 State Assets Government retrieves over 60 ‘missing’ State vehicles in...bullet
3 In Court Ghanaian pleads guilty to making bomb threat at U.S universitybullet
4 Lynched Soldier Send 17-yr-old suspect to Borstal home - Judge ordersbullet
5 Ghana Politics Government retrieves five more 'stolen' carsbullet
6 Major Mahama’s Death Court discharges 26 suspectsbullet
7 Adult Content We will continue showing porn on TV - Ice TVbullet
8 Nayele Ametefe Drug barons will not live to enjoy the...bullet
9 Video Man busted with over 60 'stolen' State cars tells...bullet
10 Nayele Ametefe NACOB donates assets of drug baron to...bullet

Top Videos

1 Lynched Soldier Listen to the man who hit Capt. Mahama's head with a blockbullet
2 Prophecy Hundreds will die in floods in 2017 – Prophet revealsbullet
3 Nigerians stop deportation of chained compatriot in KLM flightbullet
4 Capt. Mahama's Death The account of this 10-year-old will leave...bullet
5 Lynched Soldier Residents of Denkyira-Obuasi mourn Maj. Mahamabullet
6 Watch Stop taking collection in churches -TB Joshua to Pastorsbullet
7 Meet "The Beast" President Obama's Cadillac that's more tank...bullet
8 Ghana@60 Agya Koo embarrassed Ghana at Independence Day -...bullet
9 Vitiligo Enam Honya - is challenging what you think...bullet
10 Health Alert Fufu is killing Africans - Mensah Otabilbullet

News