By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
Yola North Local Government Area of Adamawa State has recorded 62% coverage of Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA) due to intervention by the European (EU) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to boost Maternal, New-born, Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN).
Presenting the data, Saidu Ali, Health Management Information Officer, Yola North, said Ante-natal care (ANC) coverage increased in the second and third quarter of 2019 from 39% to 40%.
Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA) for the second and third quarter are 77% and 62%, the use of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) and Zinc for the treatment of diarrhea moved from 53% to 67%; while post-natal care attained 55% coverage in the local government.
According to him, the data which was obtained from the District Head Information System (DHIS), was a clear departure from what was obtained in the past before EU/UNICEF intervention.
Commenting on the fluctuation in total coverage in some areas, Ali explained that such fluctuations are caused by environmental factors which cannot be controlled. “We live in an urban area, with many health facilities, some people use private facilities as a substitute, hence differences in coverage,” he said.
He pointed out that the total coverage recorded so far, are good indicators.
Speaking on EU/UNICEF support to Primary Health Care (PHC) in the Yola North, Mrs Afiniki Abews, the Facility Manager of Nassarawo PHC Centre, said EU/UNICEF has made PHC’s acceptable to the community through their intervention, pointing out that before the support, ”we had nothing to offer, the clinic was so dilapidated, we dreaded going to work.
“EU/UNICEF have changed things. We now come to work eager to face the challenges of the day. EU/UNICEF have trained our staff, we have been taught how to manage the 3 stages of labour; how to control bleeding and a lot more. All these trainings prove effective when put into practice,” she said.
The facility manager pointed out that the most outstanding of these interventions is the equipment of the labour room where babies are delivered. “We now have child resuscitation bed, which helps us to revive children who are born too tired and weak. Since we started using the bed, we have not lost any baby at birth except in cases where the baby is already dead on arrival”.
Mrs Abews stated that due the support from EU/UNICEF, the clinic records between 50-60 ante-natal visits and 30-35 births monthly.
She was so full of appreciation to EU/UNICEF for making it possible for people in Nassarawo ward to access qualitative health service at their door step for free.
Blessing Zaro, who was at the clinic for ante-natal care, commended the services being offered by the clinic: “Before I used to go to the Specialist Hospital for my ante-natal which was very stressful, but after the renovation of this PHC, I decided to try this place, and I’m seriously impressed”.
New Nigerian which went round Primary Health Centres in Yola North reports that the centers are spotting new looks, with well-equipped laboratory, fully-stocked pharmacies and a standard labour rooms which many private hospitals cannot boast of.