New baby mothers were proud recipients of assorted items Tuesday, January 14, presented as a gesture of the Resident Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Madam Ratidzai Ndhlovu handed out at least 50 “Mama Baby Kits” to the Chief Medical Officer of the Republic of Liberia, Dr. Bernice Dahn and Madam Yatta Sackie Wapoe, Medical Director of the James N. Davies Hospital in Jacob Town, along the Somalia Drive.
Before the UNFPA Resident Rep. handed the kits over, she stated that she was glad that UNFPA can still put smile on the faces of people.
Madam Ndhlovu also said the UN specialized organ wants to ensure that no woman dies giving birth, adding: “This hospital is in our core mandate, so we are going to make sure that no woman dies giving life.”
A few weeks earlier, through the instrumentality of Madam Ndhlovu, UNFPA had given a facelift to the two-storey hospital building, by painting its interior and exterior.
She stated that UNFPA did that because they at UNFPA support institutional delivery. “We support institutional delivery that is the only way we can reduce maternal and newborn mortality. When a woman comes to the institution, she should feel good and comfortable,” she stated.
Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn told the UNFPA Resident Rep, that during Liberia’s civil war the hospital was run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and when it folded its operations in Liberia, it turned the facilities over to the Liberian Government, which now manages it.
According to her, people got to know the hospital for its free services under MSF and so have continued to come there.
The hospital caters for only mothers and children. CMO Dahn disclosed that it was among hospitals with the highest neonatal deaths in the country and that her office was thinking on ways to give care to babies and their mothers who go to the James N. Davies Hospital.
Medical Director Yatta Sackie Wapoe thanked Madam Ndhlovu for the gesture and told CMO Dahn that she and the hospital staff would do all to provide good care for babies and their mothers.
The “Mama Baby Kit” contains baby clothes, sanitary pads, soap, baby lotion, etc. The Observer was told that most mothers, who come there in labor, don’t bring along those essential items with them.