Chief Administrator of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Dr. Wannie Scott-McDonald
"No Maternal Death At JFK Since Reopening," Says Administrator
By Prince Nagbe
MONROVIA, September 5 (LINA) - The Chief Administrator of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital has said that the facility has recorded no maternal death since it resumed operation in early August.
Dr. Wannie Scott-McDonald said since the hospital reopened its doors in August, it has performed 93 deliveries, treated a total of 467 prenatal patients, while 109 patients are treated daily of other ailments.
Making the disclosure at a Ministry of Information press briefing held in the conference room of JFK in Monrovia on Thursday, Chief Administrator McDonald said the institution has also performed 177 successful Caesarean surgeries.
According to Dr. McDonald, the management of the hospital attaches serious importance to maternal health care delivery in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MGD 4), noting, “Achieving MDG 4 is close to our hearts, and so we will not take the risk.”
Dr. McDonald attributed the success of JFK to the presence of trained midwives, pointing out that they are heroes in the fight against Ebola as they are dealing with a virus that has symptoms that are similar to malaria, typhoid and other curable diseases.
She said due to the high risks medical practitioners are encountering, they are instructed to practice contact precautions, standard precautions as well as Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) precautions so as to keep themselves safe in the discharge of their duties.
Dr. McDonald noted that because health workers, including midwives, janitors as well as those who do laundry are exposed to blood and other bodily fluids which expose them greatly, staff at JFK are instructed to wear Personal Protective Equipment before performing any clinical work.
She urged pregnant women to report for pre-natal treatment on time to avoid complications during delivery, a situation which places them and their unborn child at risk.
Prenatal treatment is a type of preventive care which is geared toward providing regular check-ups that allow doctors or midwives to prevent potential health problems throughout the course of pregnancy.