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Nimba CHO Wants National Consultation On Major Health Issues

By Mafanta Kromah

 

Nimba County Health Officer (CHO), Mr. Collins S. Bowah, has spoke of the need to conduct a national conference or consultation to discuss major health issues especially maternal health and other areas of concerns.

Speaking over the weekend at his office in Sanniquellie Nimba County, Bowah noted that introducing such initiative will help get rid of maternal death and give people understanding on areas that need to be improved.

He, however, indicated maternal death in Nimba especially at the G. W. Harlay has decreased due to the system, care and concern given patients at the hospital by the County Health care.

“We have a mechanism called the Maternal Death Audit (MDA), there we validate our work to know where we did well and where we need to improve on,” he indicated.

He maintained that in order to put an end to maternal death, they have put stop to delivery at home by traditional midwives; but they have trained them to take care of these pregnant women at the maternal waiting home before delivery.

He asserted that the service at the only public hospital is free of charge and people from all parts of the county get medication from the hospital with lot of affection, maintenance and alarmed.

He noted that the hospital conducts 135 surgeries every month with no cost, unless when it involves blood, something, he said government does not give blood away to people.

“We have an ambulance system to cover distances to get critical cases; we also have an inter-hospital relationship. When we are unable to reach a place in time due to the distant or bad road condition, we contact the nearby medical center for referral in order to save the life of that person,” Bowah narrated.

The County Health Officer also noted that there are several challenges faced by the institution, especially in the case where many patients come at the hospital at the very critical stage of the sickness, noting on the part of maternal, patients delay in making decision to come to hospital, delay to reach the facility and lack of logistic to reach the center all have impact in the case of death.

He also emphasized on the lack of low qualify doctors, stressing they have only three medical doctors and bad road condition delays them in reaching patients in time.

“Maternal health is not helping women because no free services at hospital, no proper transportation, pregnant women are brought to health center by hammocks and there only free health facility is the government hospital that is located in Sanniquellie and very far from some towns and villages,” Comfort Tokpah of the Concern Women in Ganta noted.

Madam Tokpah called on government to put in more efforts in addressing maternal death, just as she has given women the courage to speak out for themselves. Edited By Fredrick P. W. Gaye

1 reply
  1. Tony Leewaye
    Tony Leewaye says:

    Mafanta,
    Thanks so much for this informative piece. However, it could have been better edited for clarity. No offense, I did few editing, but could not concur with two of your thought processes as expressed below.
    1. The use of the word “alarmed” in the paragraph below is a bit troubling and seems to be out of context with the premise.
    “He asserted that the service at the only public hospital is free of charge and people from all parts of the county get medication from the hospital with a lot of affection, maintenance and alarmed.”

    2. The County Health Officer also noted that there are several challenges faced by the institution, especially in the case where many patients come to the hospital at the very critical stage of the sickness, noting on the part of maternal, patients delay in making decision to come to hospital, delay to reach the facility and lack of logistic to reach the center all have impact in the case of death.

    This compounded narrative above needs to be rewritten for clarity. It is always good for a second and third review and editing before posting. Remember, you are writing for the public and therefore, every effort must be made to write in a simple, precise and concise manner for your reading audience.

    Having said the above, I want to establish that, I meant no offense and only trying to help. Though I was elated to read and learn from your stories, I’m always excited to read about situations that are impacting our people. I want to commend you and your fellow journalists for your work in those extreme conditions. I’m fully aware of circumstances and situations faced by all of you. Please feel free to contact me anytime, if I can be of any assistance to you or your organization. I can be contacted at tonyleewaye@yahoo.com.
    Thanks so much and stay blessed.
    Tony Leewaye

    BREAKING NEWS, HEALTH
    NIMBA CHO WANTS NATIONAL CONSULTATION ON MAJOR HEALTH ISSUES
    By Mafanta Kromah

    Nimba County Health Officer (CHO), Mr. Collins S. Bowah, has spoken of the need to conduct a national conference or consultation to discuss major health issues, especially maternal health and other areas of concerns.

    Speaking over the weekend at his office in Sanniquellie Nimba County, Bowah noted that introducing such initiative will help get rid of maternal death and give people understanding on areas that need to be improved.

    He, however, indicated maternal death in Nimba especially at the G. W. Harlay has decreased due to the system, care, and concern given to patients at the hospital by the County Healthcare workers.

    “We have a mechanism called the Maternal Death Audit (MDA), there we validate our work to know where we did well and where we need to improve on,” he indicated.

    He maintained that in order to put an end to maternal death, they have put stop to delivery at home by traditional midwives; but they have trained them to take care of these pregnant women at the maternal waiting home before delivery.

    He asserted that the service at the only public hospital is free of charge and people from all parts of the county get medication from the hospital with a lot of affection, maintenance and alarmed.

    He noted that the hospital conducts 135 surgeries every month with at no cost to patients unless when it involves blood, something, he said government does not give blood away to people.

    “We have an ambulance system to cover distances to get critical cases; we also have an inter-hospital relationship. When we are unable to reach a place in time due to the distant or bad road condition, we contact the nearby medical center for referral in order to save the life of that person,” Bowah narrated.

    The County Health Officer also noted that there are several challenges faced by the institution, especially in the case where many patients come to the hospital at the very critical stage of their sickness, noting on the part of maternal, patients delay in making decision to come to hospital, delay to reach the facility and lack of logistic to reach the center all have impact in the case of death.

    He also emphasized on the lack of low qualify doctors, stressing they have only three medical doctors and bad road condition delays them in reaching patients in time.

    “Maternal health is not helping women because no free services at hospital, no proper transportation, pregnant women are brought to health center by hammocks and there only free health facility is the government hospital that is located in Sanniquellie and very far from some towns and villages,” Comfort Tokpah of the Concern Women in Ganta noted.

    Madam Tokpah called on the government to put in more efforts in addressing maternal death, just as she has given women the courage to speak out for themselves. Edited By Fredrick P. W. Gaye

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