Dr. Moses Ebong, the Kwania District Health Officer says that since the government declared the lockdown to contain the second wave of COVID-19, the number of people seeking medical services has dropped.
Kwania district health department has
registered a decline in the number of pregnant mothers seeking antenatal care
services. The expectant mothers are reportedly shunning health facilities for
fear of contracting COVID-19.
At least 10 health workers in the district have tested positive for
COVID-19. Kwania district has cumulatively registered 73 COVID-19 positive cases and 3 recoveries out of the 905 samples taken
Reports from the health department show that antenatal care attendance at Nambieso HCIII has dropped from between 200 and 250 patients weekly to
less than 100. Dr. Moses Ebong, the Kwania District
Health Officer says that since the government declared the lockdown to contain
the second wave of COVID-19, the number of people seeking medical services has
According to Dr. Ebong, they have resorted to engaging Village Health
Team (VHT) members at the grassroots to follow up on expectant mothers and
build their confidence in seeking antenatal services.
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Polly Amolo, a resident of Abura trading center in
Nambieso Sub County explained that expectant mothers are shunning health
facilities because of rude midwives. She says that quite often midwives are not
gentle in the labour ward, which makes child delivery a dreadful experience.
Okello, an expectant mother and resident of Alany cell in Aduku Town Council,
says they are afraid of contracting COVID-19 since midwives have run short of
PPEs exposing them to the risk of infection.
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Joan Abutu, the Kwania District Health and
Education Secretary, says if the current trend continues, the end results will
be maternal child deaths. Abutu says that the health workers who tested
positive for COVID-19 are under Home Base Care.
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Kwania Resident District Commissioner, Salim
Komakech who also heads the District COVID-19 Taskforce urged the public
to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures instituted by the government to scale
down the spread of the pandemic.
Komakech said that they have already
reactivated the Village and Sub-County COVID-19 Taskforces to aid the fight
against the virus.