Health practitioners and midwives in Bomi County have resulted to using mobile phones and candle lights to attend to pregnant women giving birth at some health facilities in remote areas due to lack of electricity, the Red Cross reveals.
With support from the Canadian Red Cross, the Liberian National Red Cross Society under its Ebola recovery project, has installed solar panel in 13 rural health facilities in the county to supply regular electricity and strengthen health care delivery in the county.
According to a release, the Red Cross’ latest intervention is meant to complement the effort of the government in creating an enabling environment for health practitioners to perform in an effective and efficient health sector. The release says the Ministry of Health in Monrovia had previously provided the facilities with solar panel to make their fridges system effective and functional for vaccine storage but the Red Cross solar panel will provide full lightening at the facilities.
“We want to ensure that the next child born in the local clinics will be born in safe condition. We are very grateful to our Canadian Red Cross partner for this incredible support which makes us proud to complement the effort of government in this endeavor,” says Sayba Tamba, the Liberian Red Cross Secretary General.
The Red Cross EVD recovery project is working in 35 Ebola affected communities in Bomi since 2016 with 350 volunteers, providing health messages and promoting best hygiene practices to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases, including Ebola. Press Release