Mothers urged to attend antenatal care

Mothers urged to attend antenatal care
Dr. Victor Anib Majur, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Health (photo credit: Sheila Ponnie)

The Ministry of Health has called on all mothers in the country to attend antenatal health care to promote the physical, mental, and general well-being of babies.

Dr. Victor Anib Majur, the Undersecretary at the Ministry of Health said safe maternity and newborn healthcare was very critical during childbirth to avoid several complications, especially when the expectant mother is not attained by trained midwives.

“The newborn can get exposed to infections and other complications and they need to be attended to by a trained professional,” she said.

Dr. Majur was speaking to City Review in an interview ahead of the International Patient Safety Day under the theme, “Act now for safe and respectful childbirth, with the theme Safe Maternal and newborn care.”

The International Patient Safety Day is always celebrated on September 17 to call for urgent and sustainable actions by all stakeholders to scale up efforts, reach the unreachable and ensure safe maternal and newborn care, particularly during childbirth.

Dr. Majur revealed that the Ministry of Health has invested in establishing more health science institutions to train more midwives that can deal with maternal and child health.

She explained that through the community model of care at the Boma health initiative, they have established team members that deal with maternal and child health at each boma so that the women are attended to at the early stages of pregnancy.

 “At the primary health care level, we have trained midwives in every community that can attend to pregnant women and make sure that they are referred early enough to avoid any complication during childbirth,” Dr. Majur said.

She emphasized the need for an awareness campaign to educate women on the need to take care of their pregnancy.

“The women have to know that during pregnancy there are complications. They have to be mindful of taking vitamins like folic acids to avoid anemia because pregnancy itself takes from your iron store and pregnancy causes nausea that makes women always vomit during and lose nutrients.”