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OIC Cites Increase In Births At Jenneh Clinic
By David Seedee, LINA Bomi County Correspondent
TUBMANBURG, April 8 (LINA) - The Officer-in-Charge of the Jenneh #3 Community Clinic in Dewein District, Bomi County has disclosed an increase of 50 percent in the number of births at the clinic and a reduction in child birth deaths at the facility in the first quarter of 2014.
OIC Joseph Kanneh said in 2013 the delivery rate was at an estimated 10 babies per month, but 20 babies have been born monthly at the clinic since January 2014.
Speaking in an interview with the Liberia News Agency in Jenneh #3 Compound at the weekend, Kanneh attributed the increase of safe births to the education provided Traditional Trained Midwives (TTM), requiring them to deliver pregnant women at a clinic, rather than in the home.
Kanneh said the Clinton Foundation in 2012 and 2013 trained five persons from each community in the Suehn-Mecca and Dewein Districts on how to treat and care for pregnant women.
He said in addition to the training, the TTMs are given US$5.00 for each pregnant woman they take to the nearby clinic to give birth.
Kanneh said the strategic location of the clinic attracts pregnant women from Montserrado County and Klay District, especially in cases of complications.
The OIC has said given the increase in child births at the clinic, there was a need for a maternity ward to accommodate the pregnant women in an appropriate environment.