Kwania reports reduced antenatal care services over COVID-19 surge
Written by David Gwenyemera on June 28, 2021
Kwania district health department has registered a decline in the number of pregnant mothers seeking antenatal care services.
These mothers have reportedly shunned health facilities fearing to contract COVID-19, bearing in mind that at least ten health workers in the district have tested positive for COVID-19.
Out of 905 samples taken in the district on Saturday, the cumulative COVID-19 cases confirmed are currently 73 and three recoveries, but reports from the health department indicate 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 since the government declared the lockdown to contain the second wave of COVID-19, the number of people seeking medical services has dropped, resorting to the Village Health Team (VHT) members at the grassroots to follow the expectant mothers up.
Kwania Resident District Commissioner, Salim Komakech who also heads the District COVID-19 Taskforce urged the public to keep adhering to COVID-19 preventive measures instituted by the government to scale down the spread of the pandemic.
Komakech says they have already reactivated the Village and Sub-County COVID-19 Taskforces to aid the fight against the virus.