In their quest to promote Maternal and Child Health Care in the country, Divine Mother and Child Foundation, a Non Governmental Organization based in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region, has launched its first ever free ultra-sound scan for pregnant women.
The initiative, sponsored by Communications giant, Vodafone, and launched in Aburi last Monday, would seek to increase accessibility to ultra sound screenings in order to detect critical conditions during pregnancy.
According to Mr. Duodu Atweri, president and founder of the NGO, who also doubles as a registered Nurse, they did a research on how ultra-sound Scan Services had affected Maternal and Child Mortality in the eastern Region, and however, in order to salvage the situation, applied through Vodafone’s ‘Bring Joy to Your Community Project’, for consideration.
“We express our profound gratitude to Vodafone, for giving us a grant of Gh36200.00, which has seen us purchase an ultra-sound Scan machine and other needed materials to commence the project.” Mr. Duodu added.
He said many communities, especially those in the rural areas had over the years lacked high technology imaging equipments despite their urgent need, and that pregnant women had to travel to urban areas, which sometimes resulted in their death, due to preventable complications during childbirth.
“there are places, where even transportation is not necessary, or the money to pick a vehicle to the health facility becomes a challenge, because most of the people residing in the rural areas are poor, and they cannot afford …our mothers, especially the pregnant ones are always the vulnerable, looking at our society set up system, hence the health and education of these class in the society must be a priority, it is on this note that Divine Mother and Child Foundation want to bring a positive change to as many people we come across in our community”, he hinted further.
Mr. Duodu also commended Joy Industries for their immense support in reaching out to deprived communities and individuals since the establishment of the NGO, and however admonished other stakeholders of health and corporate institutions to as well come on board.
Mrs. Eunice Abuako, the District Health Director for the Akuapem South, on her part lauded the NGO and Vodafone, for their initiative to promoting Maternal and Child care in the area.
She said the project would increase coverage on ante-natal services and as well save mothers the financial burden to accessing healthcare services.
According to the Health Director, there had been many excuses from pregnant mothers on financial circumstances, as reasons for not patronizing health facilities, and however, challenged them to engage in some petty trading as a means of income to support their livelihood.
She also tasked men to fully support their wives during pregnancies, “I appeal to men to get involved with their wives in maintaining health standards during pregnancies, because if anything should happen to them, it is the both of you who would bear the pain”, she noted.
An official from DMAC Foundation, addressing mothers at the launch
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