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Dowa midwives, nurses, clinicians, sharpen skills on maternal deaths

Written by  Brino Kayanga Mwale
TRAINED: Nurses like these captured in this internet picture TRAINED: Nurses like these captured in this internet picture

Dowa, December 31, 2017: Nurses, midwives and clinicians drawn from all the health facilities of Dowa District have been urged to respond accordingly to maternal deaths through identifying, reviewing and proper planning so that such occurrences are reduced in future. 

Representatives from the Dowa District Hospital team, Mponela, Madisi, Mtengowanthenga, Mbingwa, Bowe, Kasese and Chankhungu health facilities gathered from Wednesday at Dowa 1 Primary School in the district for a three-day orientation workshop in maternal deaths, surveillance and response.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency, Dowa District Safe Motherhood coordinator, Blessings Kumwenda, said the orientation workshop was organised to formulate and orient a team that will be fully responsible for maternal activities.

The team will be responsible for planning, identifying, reviewing and reporting to the District Health Officer, Zone and Nation all matters related to maternal health with the objective to prevent deaths of maternal nature in the district.

Kumwenda said the review of maternal issues should start from the care of the mother at home, community and at the health facility level, saying if this is done, future maternal deaths will be prevented in the district.

He said at first, reviewing of maternal health was only done at the District Hospital which made it difficult to plan for future deaths prevention as no one at the district hospital was aware of the originality of the disease that has taken the life of the mother.

The health officer expressed hope that the orientation workshop would be an eye opener for health personnel in the district to have knowledge and experiences that when deaths have occurred at their health facilities, they should know what to do before channeling the case to other responsible authorities.

He urged participants to the workshop to work as a team so that knowledge and skills gained be passed to their colleagues for them to know as well and plan in advance on what to do if maternal deaths occurred.

In his remarks, Reuben Banda, a participant to the orientation workshop, said he had benefited a lot and was ready to prove to his communities that maternal deaths in the district could be prevented if all the necessary precautions were followed.

Banda, who is the facility In Charge for Mbingwa Health Centre in the district, was optimistic that occurrences of maternal deaths could be prevented with good reviewing, identification and planning from the health facility itself before reporting to the district hospital as was the case before.

He said before the workshop, feedback was a challenge at the district hospital as many of the workers in the health facilities were not aware of the causes of maternal deaths.

The Maternal Deaths Surveillance and Response orientation workshop was organised with funding from Malawi Sciences for Health (MSH).

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