Safe Motherhood Reproductive And General Health Promotion
The health of a people in any nation is one of the greatest assets of any society. Yet there remains a lot of people with virtually no knowledge about their health especially in our part of the world. This extent of ignorance leads to a lot of complications and death that could have been easily prevented. The alarming rate of maternal mortality and revelations that two thirds (2/3) of these deaths are preventable injected in me as a passion to do something. I ask myself “can’t we build a healthy society devoid of preventable deaths”. I asked again, “can’t the women who are the foundation of the world’s families and communities be protected”. Indeed something can be done about it. But then I realized that the major problem was ignorance. As the Bible says “lack of knowledge, my people perish”. It was true that people were dying out of ignorance. I then discovered that education of mothers and women on their reproductive health was the key.
With such a strong passion to improve reproductive health of women, I started organising outreach programmes to give talks concerning issues pertaining to pregnancy and child birth. With the responses and the benefits I realized the recipients of such talks were receiving, the idea struck me that more people can benefit from these health educations if it is done on a bigger platform. I therefore realized that the best means of reaching out to the larger audience in the country was through television. Initially there were difficulties securing financial support, getting resource persons and other supporting materials but I was not deterred by any of them. With determination and tenacity of purpose I was able to get the programme airing on television. The NGO consist of health workers from both private and public sectors, doctors, midwives, nurses, nutritionists, reverend minster and evangelist.
Since its inception four (4) years ago, the programme has had a lot of prominent and influential persons. some of these prominent persons are; Hon Abraham Odum, former Deputy Minister of Health and Hon Maxwell Kofi Dwumah , former Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (K.M.A) Chief Executive and now Member of Parliament for Asokwa Constituency.
Some resource persons who have appeared on the programme to educate viewers on some health issues are Nana Abena Akuamoah Boateng who is a Nutritionist, Theresa Otuo Acheampong who is the Ashanti regional Director of Nursing Services, Mabel Adu Mensah who is a midwifery Tutor at The Komfo Anokye Midwifery Training School and Dr Clayman who is an Obstetrician and a Gynecologist based in Amasaman in the Greater Accra region.
Some of the topics that have been treated since the programme started are
1. Major causes of maternal deaths
2. Post partum haemorrhage
4. Malaria in pregnancy
5. Pregnancy induced hypertension
6. The three delays of maternal deaths
7. Effects of unsafe abortion
8. Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS.
The vision of SAMORGHEP (Safe Motherhood Reproductive And Genaral Health Promotion) is to provide holistic, safe, cheap and easily accessible basic health care services to the general public with much emphasis on maternal and child health.
SAMORGHEP (Safe Motherhood Reproductive And Genaral Health Promotion) exist to provide promotional and preventive healthcare to the general poblic especially the under priviladged and also manage minor ailments among the deprived population in the area of mother and child health.