The October edition of the monthly health education for couples on pregnancy and delivery care, a WHARC initiative usually organized by the Central Hospital Benin City in Edo state under the WHARC/WHO project aimed at improving Emergency Obstetrics Care for the Management and Prevention of Maternal and Perinatal Death in Referral Hospitals; has attracted the support of the Rotary Club Uselu Chapter Benin City.
The Executive Director, Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC), Dr. Wilson Imongan while delivering his goodwill message, spoke on the importance of the workshop, namely; addressing maternal issues, counselling; and increasing male involvement in maternal and child healthcare. He also appreciated the presence and support of the Rotary Club - Uselu Chapter, president and members.
Executive Director - WHARC, delivering his goodwill message
In his remarks, the Head of Department, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Central Hospital Benin City, Dr. Victor Ohenhen commended the couples for attending, he urge them to be attentive and be free to ask questions. He also introduced the collaborating organizations (Central Hospital Benin, WHARC and Rotary club) and acknowledge them for their support.
The first lecture was on “Items for delivery and dangers signs during pregnancy” presented by a nurse Mrs. Igbinedion Blessing. She advised the couples to see the economic situation of the country as a wake-up call for mothers to plan their pregnancy, by buying items needed for delivery and their babies gradually and on-time to avoid the burden of late decision making thereby reducing financial constraints.
The second lecture was on “Birth preparedness” given by Dr. Mrs. Erhabor O. J, Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology, who mentioned some cultural and religious factors that hinder prompt response to maternal care like societal aversion for Ceaserean section, and informed the audience not to perceive it as evil or a sign of inadequacy in a woman, as it is a means to save mother and baby.
The President, Rotary Club Uselu Chapter, Rt. Dabbiae Akhie who addressed the audience and appreciated them for their effort, shared highlights of what Rotary club stands for and all their good works and community services like polio vaccination, periodic free medical checkup and soft loans. She however promised to ensure more future collaborations.
The Rotary club gave the women Mama kits and donated some items to the Antenatal unit of the hospital.