Odahiekwu Ogunde, Yenagoa
A United Kingdom-based organisation, Mariestopes International Organisation, has donated drugs worth millions of naira to Bayelsa State to assist the government in reducing the increasing rate of maternal mortality in the state.
Among the drugs donated to the state are Misoclear and misoprosol that offer safe and effective treatment for preventing heavy bleeding (postpartum haemorrhage) after child birth.
Presenting the drugs to government officials at the state Ministry of Health, Mariestopes International Organisation’s Regional Manager, South-South, Mary Ogholi, said the drugs were donated to save the lives of women, especially those in the rural communities who couldn’t afford them.
She said, “As I rightly said, I am here to present to Bayelsa State Government 1, 000 boxes of Misoclear tablets. It is produced by Mariestopes International Organisation, with head office in the UK; so these tablets are from the UK.
“The choice of Bayelsa was as a result of the difficult terrains, which make it very impossible for women from the creeks and other parts of the state to get access to good health facilities or drugs.”
Receiving the drugs, the Executive Secretary, Primary Health Board, Martins Bekesuo, thanked the organisation, saying the drugs, which are life-saving, would help reduce the rate of maternal mortality in the state.
“That is maternal commodity to prevent postpartum hemorrhage and as we all know, postpartum haemorrhage is one of the leading causes of maternal deaths worldwide.”