NGO introduces technology to aid pregnant women

SavaNna Signatures, a non-governmental organisation in the Northern Region, is making effective use of information and communication tools to aid pregnant women access important information related to their welfare.

The technology, being piloted in four districts of the region, is to help improve maternal health.

The NGO is using information and communication tools to implement the Technology for Maternal Health (TMH) project, which started in September 2013 in the Tamale Metropolis, Savelugu/Nanton, Kumbungu districts and the Yendi Municipality.

Miss Elizabeth Hariba Jakalia,  the  Project Officer for TMH, said under the project, some computers and software had been donated to four hospitals for nurses and midwives to educate pregnant women, especially on safe delivery.

She said SMS messages were sent to the pregnant women who had been registered with the system and that some 1,735 pregnant women received periodic information on nutrition, hygiene, tips on antenatal care, dangerous signs and preparations towards delivery.

At the King’s Medical Centre at Bontanga in the Kumbungu District, Mr Nii Otu Ankrah, the Director of Administration, commended the Savanna Signatures for implementing the innovative project but suggested the need for a projector to showcase video documentaries to the pregnant women at antenatal clinics.

He said such a documentary would better inform the pregnant women, especially those who could not read and write, stressing that the facility had upgraded the ICT knowledge of the staffMadam Amina Mumuni, a Matron at the King’s Medical Centre said the project would serve as a complementary education about pregnancy to the expectant mothers in addition to what was being provided by nurses and midwives.

She said 200 pregnant women in the hospital had so far been registered on the system and received periodic information on their mobile phones.

Madam Vida Molah, a pregnant woman, said the technology had helped her to receive timely information which enabled her to understand her pregnancy.  — GNA

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