Savana Signatures, a non-governmental organization in the Northern Region, has introduced a new technology to aid pregnant women with the most important information regarding their pregnancies to ensure safe delivery.
This technology is being piloted in four districts of the Region.
The NGO is using Information and Communication tools to implement the Technology for Maternal Health (TMH) project which started in September 2013 in the Tamale Metropolis, Savelugu/Nanton, Kumbungu districts and the Yendi Municipality.
Miss Elizabeth Hariba Jakalia, Project Officer for TMH, said on Wednesday that the project had donated some computers and software to four hospitals for nurses and midwives to educate pregnant women especially on safe delivery.
She said Short Message System (SMS) was sent to the pregnant women who have been registered in the system and that some 1,735 pregnant women receive periodic information on nutrition, hygiene, antenatal information, dangerous signs and preparations towards delivery.
At the King’s Medical Centre at Bontanga in the Kumbungu District, Mr. Nii Otu Ankrah, the Director of Administration, commended the Savanna Signatures for implementing such an innovative project but suggested the need for a projector to showcase video documentaries to the pregnant women during antenatal attendance.
He said such a documentary would deepen education for the pregnant mothers especially those who could not read and write stressing that the facility had upgraded the ICT knowledge of the staff.
Madam Amina Mumuni, a Matron at the King’s Medical Centre said the project would serve as a complementary education about pregnancy to the expectant mothers aside what was being provided by nurses and midwives.
She said 200 pregnant women in the hospital had so far registered on the system and received periodic information on their mobile phones.
Madam Vida Molah, a pregnant woman, said the technology had aided her to receive timely information which helped her to prepare adequately on her pregnancy.