Midwifery they say is a calling to serve humanity. Even though there are a lot of constraints in the process of delivering modern day healthcare, the number of midwives who are pulling the strings in their respective communities to help reduce the infant mortality issues in the country are enormous. One of such health personnel making giant strides and making expectant mothers happy is Angela Tsrakasu.
Known on Facebook as Blessed Angel, the Pantang NMTC-trained midwife has worked as a community health nurse before becoming a midwife in 2016. Currently, she works at Avevi CHPS Zone in the Akatsi North District of the Volta Region, Ghana.
The passionate midwife who is always duty bound to deliver healthcare to the doorstep of every pregnant woman has been changing the narrative and making delivery struggles less cumbersome at her present station.
When rymcitigh.com had a chat with her, she opened up on what really she has been doing to help bring the clients along. According to her, in spite of durbars held to let them know about the availability of a midwife, she basically has to move from village to village on daily basis to render maternal health care services to pregnant women in the catchment area.
The cheerful and affable midwife also revealed some of the challenges she goes through on daily basis just for her clients to have safe delivery.
“ I have to let my colleague take me around with the faulty motorbike or engage okada riders whose fees are quite expensive. During rainy season, work is halted due to bad nature of our roadsbut sometimes because human life is at stake, we go through the rain”- she revealed.
On what she thinks should be done to ameliorate the problem, she prays that their old facility is renovated, bungalow built for the staff and fit for purpose motorbikes provided to ensure efficiency.
She revealed that she has also instituted a mechanism to motivate all PNC clients in her village with a free Postnatal Pack, once they visit the facility to deliver or when they call on her to deliver babies at home. Those that cannot make it to the facility (Domiciliary) are the happiest. The pack also includes cakes of baby soap, 12 unisex dresses, 1 baby blanket, 4 pair of socks, 2 pair of hand gloves, 2 hats, 1 bib, 9 pieces of diapers and washing powder. Mothers are also served a hot milo tea.
This, she said, is to make supervised delivery more attractive to all in the village. Her Operation Capture Them All innovation has so far yielded positive results. She expressed gratitude to her friends and relatives for their kind donations towards a worthy course.
We can only thank our dear midwife for everything that she has been doing for pregnant women at Avevi. She is surely leaving a huge indelible mark. May her cup runneth over always.