“Since we the Trained Traditional Midwives (TTMs) were told to take every pregnant woman to the health facilities and not perform any delivery at home, there have been no maternal deaths in our county,” a smiling Bendu Brima, head of the TTMs in Vahun District, disclosed to an audience that responded with thunderous applause.
Brima was making at a follow-up with the Lofa County Health Team, County officials and Trained Traditional Midwives in Foya, Lofa County.
The meeting was spearheaded by the Rebuilding Basic Health Services (RBHS) as part of its program aimed at preventing maternal and new born deaths in Liberia.
The institution’s Maternal Health Adviser, Madam Sarah Hodge, said the institution is working with health teams in Bong, Nimba and Lofa Counties to ensure that mothers and children stay healthy and strong.
”During our visit here, we agreed on a few things that we said we would do to improve the maternal and new born health situation in this county. And we are here today to see how we have come since our last meeting,” Hodge announced at the start of the interactions with the Lofa County Health Team.
“The news of no maternal death in Lofa in the last six months is a news of progress and we must celebrate it, “Hodge added.
Meanwhile, Liberia’s Good-Will Ambassador for Maternal and New Born Health, Madam Miatta Fahnbulleh, has welcomed the commitment of the Lofa County team to the provision of basic health services to mothers and children in the area.
Madam Fahnbulleh encouraged them to continue what she termed the good-work to ensure zero-mother-and-child deaths in the county.
“Let us continue to score on the gains being made by making sure that are women deliver safely and bring into this world healthy babies, “ Ambassador Fahnubulleh stressed.
She then praised the TTMs for abiding by the instructions which among others urge that they should not perform home deliveries of pregnant women.
“Hearing that you are abiding by this regulation and seeing that you are helping the pregnant women to go to the hospitals for treatment gladdens our hearts,” a visibly cheerful Ambassador Fahnbulleh said.
Ambassador Fahnbulleh also encouraged the women to take advantage of available family planning services.
“Making use of family planning commodities is a step in the direction of reducing maternal mortality and unplanned pregnancies,“ she encouraged them.
The team from RBHS and the Maternal Goodwill Ambassador has also been wooing the involvement of county’s officials in the campaign to encourage pregnant women to go to health facilities for treatment and care rather than visiting unskilled birth attendants.
A local administrative leader in Foya, Lofa County promised the local administration’s commitment to ensuring that husbands escort their wives and spouses to the health facilities so that they (men), too, can help always encourage their women to regularly visit the health facilities.
Since being appointed to the post of Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Fahnbulleh has taken the campaign to all walks of Liberians, including students, TTNs, county administrators and county health teams.