In her continued effort to prevent pregnant women from dying, Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) has launched a program tagged“MEDIC-MINDER”, a computerized appointment system designed to encourage pregnant women receiving antenatal care in the hospital by reducing waiting time. The system was presented to the Central Hospital, Benin city during the monthly comprehensive health talk for pregnant women and their husbands organized by the Central Hospital in collaboration with WHARC on the 17th February 2018.
During the presentation of the system to the management of Central Hospital, Benin City, Executive Director, Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC), Dr. Wilson Imongan noted that the computerized appointment system (CAS)was the outcome of a research project sponsored by The World Health Organization (WHO) and expressed the hope that it would serve as a model for other hospitals to adopt. He said the CAS is an innovation that reminds each pregnant woman of her exact appointment date, time and the Consultant to meet at the clinic.
The program Advisor, Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) Prof. Friday Okonofua, in his speech noted that the health talk was geared towards educating couples on pregnancy care and reproductive health. The Professor said WHO / FMoH / WHARC research conducted in Nigeria revealed that pregnant women are discouraged by the long waiting hours when they visit the antenatal clinics, reiterating that if delays are reduced and healthcare providers are available to attend to them on time, more pregnant women will visit the hospital for skilled pregnancy care. For good pregnancy outcome, Prof. Okonofua advised couples to ensure regular and prompt visits to the hospital in order to prevent complications and maternal death.
The Medical Director of Central Hospital, Dr. Philip Ugbodaga, expressed appreciation to (WHARC) for the presentation of the computerized appointment system (CAS) to the hospital, promised to always support the antenatal clinic activities.
Couples were given opportunity to ask questions on reproductive health and pregnancy-related issues.