By Ahmed Ahmed
A Non-Governmental Organisation, Marie Stopes International Organisation Nigeria (MSION) in Bauchi state has donated 50 autoclave machines to 20 Primary health care centers to reduced maternal mortality facilities in Bauchi state.
Mrs Elizabeth Atondu, Regional Manager North East of the MSION disclosed this at the handing over ceremony of the machines to the state government in Bauchi on Friday.
She said the 50 autoclaves machines for 20 PHCs will used to sterilize facilities equipment by subjecting them to pressurized saturated steam at 121 °C (249 °F) for around 15–20 minutes depending on the size of the load and the contents.
“This is aimed at reducing the rate of infection and transmission of diseases particularly among women who subscribe to family planning,”she said
The Regional Manager who was represented by Mallam Ibrahim Yusuf the Community Mobilisation officer of the Organization, explained the MSION’s core services include family planning safe abortion and post-abortion care; maternal and child health care, including safe delivery and obstetrics; diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; and HIV/AIDS prevention.
According to her, we have build capacity of Community Health Extension Workers (CHEW) for optimum service towards achieving the Universal Sexual and Reproductive health and right in accordance with the SDG 3.7 and 5.6 .
“We built their capacity because we want them to educate people to access family planning service for healthy society.
“We also want male involvement since they are the decision makers in the household,” she said
She said the organization also embark on outreach services to the marginalized house to house and market places to compliment government effort in health care delivery.
Atondu however appealed to the state government and stakeholders, particularly the religious and traditional leaders, to keep on sensitizing their people on attending ANC in health facilities nearest to them.
In her remarks the state Commissioner of Health Dr Zuwaira Ibrahim commended Mariestopes for donating autoclaves machines, to prevent infection in rendering family planning services to communities.
She said “the equipment will help those rendering the services to sterilise and clean the instruments before using them on women especially those seeking family planning services.
Ibrahim said that gesture will go a long way in reducing infections and maternal mortality rate in the state.
The Commissioner however charged health workers to make judicious used of the equipments and their proper maintenance.