TWO-week-old twin girls from Mama village, Huon Gulf district, will grow up without knowing their mother who died giving birth to them on Christmas Day.
Lack of health facilities in rural areas have greatly affected many people especially fragile pregnant mothers and this has allowed for irregular practices to flourish.
The girls Tahira and Nylah have returned home last Saturday to be with their widower father Simai Fare and three-year-old elder sister Sheila.
The mother Rosel Simai, 21, from Rabuana in Kombiu LLG, East New Britain Province, who could not be saved died in the early hours the next morning due to loss of blood as there were no health facilities within the area to help her.
It is understood the nearest health facility is a two-day walk from the village and Simai could not make the trip with her condition.
A relative who had to walk for two hours to get to a spot to access Digicel network coverage called the Manolos Aviation medevac team at 11.30am, December 26, and they arrived only to find the mother had died. They could only helpe the twins go to Angau Memorial Hospital for medical examination.
Husband Simai Fare said transportation and lack of network coverage are some of the huge issues they are faced with in the area. “My wife could have survived should there have been a vehicle to take her down to the hospital soon enough.”
He said if the mobile network was up, the village birth assistant could have communicated with an obstetrician or midwife in outside health facility to help his wife.
Manolos Aviation chief executive officer Captain Jurgen Ruh said they could not help the mother in time because they were informed several hours after her passing.
The mother experienced postpartum haemorrhage in the night, a time where even if they (medevac team) were called, they would not have made it then because the night vision goggles can only see trees and humans but not wires and lines which can be difficult to land in a confined place.
Manolos Aviation nurse Sister Susan Muro said the struggles of women during labour are real in remote areas like Mama and this continues to be the case in Morobe province. “Many places in the rural areas have no access to health facilities so people take at least one week to a few days and hours to walk to the nearest health facility, but in areas where there is none, mothers or village birth assistants help to deliver babies. Sometimes some of these cases are successful but most times mothers die during labour or after giving birth due to complications,” Sr Muro said.
Deputy Health Secretary Dr Paison Dakulala who was saddened by the news said the department is working to address this issue with the 2019 budget allocation for rural health facility rehabilitation. Post Courier
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