By: Dishon Amanya
Birth Companions have been honoured and branded this year’s Christmas heroes following their relentless efforts in ensuring expectant mothers deliver in hospitals.
Speaking during the ceremony at Nabuala Hospital, the Director of the facility Asbon Wafula Matasi louded the work of the companions citing that they have been so influential towards saving lives.
“They have been sending mothers here for our close monitoring which has saved many children and mothers,” he said.
Mothers who have been taken to Nabuala Hospital by the birth Companions have showered praises to Linda Mama, noting that it has made maternity services accessible to many.
Catherine Sitati says she has enjoyed the free maternity services at Nabuala.
Her sentiments were reiterated by Rhoda Nafula, a 24 year old mother of one day old twins says she looked for a Birth Companion while one month pregnant and companion named Alice Naliaka Simiyu who referred her to Nabuala.
Rhoda has now begotten twins under a safe Operation CS delivery.
Ann Nekesa also testifies that hospital delivery is much convenient and birth Companions have contributed to it’s success.
“I gave birth to my first 4 children but I really suffered but for the fifth and sixth, Nabuala has made it much easier,” she said.
In attendance was former Bungoma county Women representative Reginalda Wanyonyi, Kiprop Martin from NHIF Paul Onyi from Sidian Bank among other dignitaries.
It should be noted that hospital delivery helps mothers avert excessive bleeding, complications at child birth, transmission of diseases, maternal and child deaths among other risks.
Nabuala Hospital also has a stand by ambulance that collects expectant mothers from the village to the facility if they have no money to travel. The services are also free of charge.