It is always a great pleasure to bring you news of what is happening at the health centre. The construction has moved on but at a slow pace due to various reasons. The rains have gone on for longer, slowing down the work and the anicipated funding has reduced too.
But for the community, mainly mothers the sight of this construction is bringing much joy because they know what this means.
This month we were visited by Jacky a senior midwife from the district health office. She has worked in this community for over 20 years and knows the challenges that many women face. She has watched the pain that pregnant women go through when they come to the government facility where she works. She narrated to me how it will be important that this maternity unit is completed and opened up.
Jacky narrated to me how one night a young woman was brought in the dead of the night, she was due to give birth but the facility did not have power to carry out this delivery. The facility had run out of gloves and there was nothing to calm her pain. In this dilemma Jacky asked the motorcycle rider to put on the head lights and it is what was used to deliver this baby. Thankfully there was no complications and ther delivery was successful.
But these are not rare cases, everyday pregnant women are forced to deliver at home becuase of the distance to the health facility, delays of the mother to seek medical attention, delays in recognising danger signs and lack of qualified health workers. The Karin Maternity Unit seeks to reduce this incidences, by bringing the health facility closer to the community.
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