In its efforts to strengthen healthcare delivery in Mubi South Local Government Area of Adamawa State, UNICEF, in conjunction with EU, has given a total facelift to healthcare facilities across the Local Government. The effort of UNICEF-EU in boosting healthcare delivery in the area has started yielding dividends as the total rejuvenation of the sector has led to a concomitant rise of health condition of indigenes. With this development, pregnant women, children and other vulnerable groups are positively affected in many facets of UNICEF- EU interventions in the rural areas.
Our Correspondent who went on a fact-finding mission to Mubi South Local Government Area of Adamawa State to ascertain the level of health interventions embarked upon by UNICEF spoke to the Executive Secretary Primary Health Care Agency Mr Kabiru Biru, who said UNICEF interventions continue to gather momentum. He said 108 Community Oriented Resource Persons (CORP) had been trained and mobilised to communities to sensitise the people.
Biru explained that apart from accepting the programmes of UNICEF, the CORP equally influenced functional ward development committees with the involvement of traditional and religious leaders in the local government area.
“To take the UNICEF interventions to the door posts of the community, CORP were equally trained to give treatment to malaria patients and other related diseases in the council area” Biru stated. He applauded the intervention efforts of the UNICEF-EU and contributing immensely to the supply of essential drugs, equipment, renovation of health facilities as well as building staff capacity. The Executive Secretary added that in an effort to meet the demands of the citizens especially at the “hard to reach” terrains, UNICEF supplied nine (9) motorcycles to CORP and Mama to Mama in mobilizing women for antenatal and immunization which has tremendously helped mothers and children from pregnancy to birth. According to him, to boost the coverage routine of UNICEF, 200 boreholes were dug with construction of toilets in all primary schools to improve the sanitary and hygienic conditions of the area through the establishment of “WASH”. While calling for the continuation of UNICEF interventions in the area, Biru said that over 15,500 women had benefitted from the free immunization and antenatal interventions thereby reducing cases of maternal mortality in the area. Also speaking the Director Public HealthCare Centre in Gella, Mr Marafa Musa, said UNICEF intervention has recently increased women participation from 10 to over 40 in a month. Musa noted that the patronage is encouraging as many families now use the centre more than before and thanked UNICEF for bringing such initiative.
At Lamorde PHC, Mrs Rifkatu Joel explained that between 50 and 70 patients attend the antenatal clinics daily while outpatients record between 20 and 50 daily. Joel thanked UNICEF for the renovation of the centre, provision of adequate drugs and mosquito nets as well as fencing the entire premises to checkmate the activities of miscreants. Commenting, a mother Hajya Safiyu Bello said she enjoyed patronizing the maternity clinics which makes for safe delivery. She said: “Many pregnant women rely on the intervention of the clinics due to the awareness and sensitisation by the Mama to Mama group and the CORP. My appeal to UNICEF is to continue with the interventions to save many women and children lives.” The District Head of Mubi South of Adamawa State, Alhaji Sali Bello said the many interventions of UNICEF through the support of EU have brought a lot of live saving changes to mothers in the state. He maintained that before the UNICEF intervention in his domain, pregnant women had it difficult and rough to attend hospitals because of certain traditional and religious beliefs which made them decide to give birth at home. Alhaji Bello the Hakimi Gude in Mubi South Local Government Area of Adamawa State who stated this in his palace said the coverage of EU-MNCHN projects at designated communities in Mubi South has rekindled the hope of the women and children. According to him, “pregnant women hardly accessed healthcare delivery easily and when they were fortunate to access one, they ended up in healthcare facilities that are often inadequate without trained personnel.”
The Royal Father said that the introduction and training of the “Community Oriented Resource Person” (CORP), actually helped in creating awareness in the communities. On antenatal, Hakimi Gude recalled that before now, many mothers sometimes refused antenatal due to poverty and lack of awareness, except when labour becomes complicated, in which case they would end up being rushed to medical facilities as emergencies. He noted that in such situations some of them lose their lives or their babies. While applauding the efforts of the EU-UNICEF in renovating some moribund health care centers in the community, he said “before the intervention, some of the buildings were inside a large grassland and homes to undesirable reptiles.
The intervention is unquantifiable and should be encouraged by all.” Speaking in the same vein, the Officer In Charge of Maternal and Child Health- Care in Gella Public Health Centre, Mrs Susana T Moni said the response by expected mothers had been encouraging. Mrs Susana Moni said: “Sometimes we visited them at home twice a week as sign of encouragement and to enable them to respond positively to their medications as and when due.”
She advised couples to plan their pregnancies, attend antenatal as a way of reducing health risks, and thanked UNICEF for the intervention, assuring them that the items would be used judiciously used for the purpose they’re meant for. Also speaking, Madam Saa’datu Ibrahim of Yahuma ward said: “I never gave birth in the hospital even though I am aware of the assistance from UNICEF and other foreign donors.” Ibrahim appealed for other incentives like details and antiseptics apart from the mosquito nets that will help the babies.