Gynaecologist in training at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Dr Abigail Boateng has shed some light on the need to have improved health care delivery for pregnant women especially.
Contrary to claims from a section of the public that delivering or seeking health care from a Traditional Birth Attendant is not harmful, Dr Boateng debunked that assertion. She, however, bemoaned some of the deplorable state that some health care facilities in some rural areas find themselves and also the limited number of health workers at those places.
According to her sometimes, some of the midwives in these facilities do not have the requisite materials to take care of these pregnant women. As a result, they would have to be referred to the main health facility which could be quite perilous, it is against this background that she has called for more health workers.
“Some women don’t attend hospitals to deliver because there are no proper health facilities, but its because they don’t value the need to deliver at such places. My grandmother delivered ten children at home and my mother did the same so why should I do deliver at the hospital” she quizzed.
She told ATL FM that there is a dire need to have more health workers, especially community health workers to help in these communities.
“Apart from that we still lack facilities in rural areas. Because of that,someone would have to travel to access basic health care. When she gets there, the community health nurses or midwives feel the condition is too much for her to handle, so she would have to travel to a tertiary hospital like CCTH. By the time she gets there, you can imagine what would have happened. We need more community health nurses to be in the communities to help these people” she added.
She further added that regardless of the fact that there is a dire need for nurses in the various communities, if the women are not provided with enough education, it would be an exercise in futility.
Sometimes, an adverse complication in birth and delivery issues can cause obstetric fistula, a medical condition in which a hole develops in the birth canal as a result of childbirth. This can be between the vagina and rectum, ureter, or bladder. It can result in incontinence of urine or faeces.
SOURCE: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI