In August 2013 the NFHSDP mother and child health (MCH) team continued to work in partnership with District Government Health Workers to provide much needed MCH services to villages along the Elevara River area of North Fly. Five teams travelled to five separate clinic points along Upper, Mid & Lower Fly, Elevara Smipen, Mgie and Pineng Rivers. NFHSDP enabled these patrols by providing staff support, covering accommodation costs and providing fuel for boats.
In the past the provision of Government health services to parts of the Elevara river region has been limited for a number of reasons including the fact that some of the villages along Pineng, Smipen and upper Elevara Rivers are very hard and dangerous to reach. This has resulted in less than optimal immunisation coverage and other MCH services for many children under 5 years and for women of child bearing ages.
“We are very grateful with NFHSDP for its continued support in conducting MCH outreach programs when government health services experiences shortfalls in terms of staff, logistics funds and supplies. When we all contribute and put our efforts together we can make a great difference”, Sr. Lamia Rikai, OIC for Urban MCH Clinic said.
Although this story only provides a snapshot of the services provided at Gasuke 1 and 2, Gusiore, Diabi and Kana villages’ clinic points that the NFHSDP officer participated in, similar services were provided at the other four clinic points.
Services provided at Gasuke 1 and 2, Gusiore, Diabi and Kana villages clinic point included:
- 221 immunisations to 93 children including Pentavalent, Measles, BCG and Sabin and 84 doses of Vitamin A
- Nutritional status of 93 children assessed and 73% were well nourished, 25% were moderately nourished and 2% were under nourished
- Tetanus toxoid and Albendazole administered to 73 women of child bearing age
- 7 mothers attended antenatal clinics
- 3 mothers accepted modern family planning methods
- 17 children and 39 adults were treated as outpatients including a 15 year old girl was provisionally diagnosed with glandular TB was referred to the TB Officer at Kiunga hospital and
- 95 people were reached through awareness sessions on the importance of exclusive breast feeding (to prevent malnutrition) in the 1st six months of life and the importance of Tetanus Toxoid