Nkhata Bay Hospital commits to reduce maternal deaths

Nkhata Bay, Nkhata Bay District Hospital has said it was committed to reduce maternal deaths in the district, after registering a drop in the past two quarters.

Nkhata Bay District Hospital Maternity Department Officer In-Charge and Motherhood Coordinator, Kate Phiri told Malawi News Agency (Mana) Wednesday at the Boma that maternal deaths dropped between October and December 2018, and of January to March 2019.

She attributed the drop to interventions of various key players partnering with the hospital in achieving good parents and child health and safe motherhood.

Phiri cited the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), Parent and Child Health Initiative (PACHI) and Mai Khanda, working as consortiums under UNICEF Koica Project, among them.

“LSTM, PACHI and Mai Khanda have been very supportive on maternal and child welfare after delivery. The hospital management has assisted us by increasing working with midwives in the maternity wing, as well as training provision for them,” she observed.

Phiri, who is a Nursing Officer, said the hospital would make sure that maternal deaths remain low through Health Quality Improvement Plan, which focuses on devising new ways of caring for both the mother and the newborn child.

She said number of those coming for delivery at the hospital had risen, noting that hospitals provide quality health care that deal with various complications.

It is a good thing that people are coming to the facility for delivery and dealing with complications,it is easier here because of the presence of skilled personnel’s as compared to their homes,” Phiri added.

Currently the Health Quality Improvement Plan is in operation at Nkhata Bay District Hospital and will be rolled in all Health Centres in the district.

Source: MANA Online