DILI, 20 january 2022 (TATOLI)– The Japanese Ambassador together with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) visited the Maternal and Infant Emergency Neonatal Health Service in the Municipality of Liquica.
The Japanese Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Kimura Tetsuya said, this visit was aimed at conducting direct observation of the real condition and situation of the emergency obstetrical neonatal care center in Liquica.
“I intend to look at the infrastructure, equipment, and also the resources of mothers at this health center,” Japanese Ambassador to Timor-Leste Kimura Tetsuya told reporters at Dato Village, Liquica. , this Thursday.
Ambassador Tetsuya informed that the maternal health center in Liquica needed more support, therefore, he said, his part would inform the central government in Tokyo to provide assistance to support mothers and babies at the health center.
“I will inform the central government in Tokyo to provide any support to help mothers and babies in these health care centers,” said Ambassador Tetsuya.
UNFPA Country Representative, Pressia Arifin Cabo said that this health center was functioning well, but there were many challenges faced such as staff turnover and maintenance of medical equipment, and lack of water installation, toilets, and others.
“We have trained health workers as midwives so they have to move to other places and even continue their studies. This means that health workers are very limited in providing services for pregnant women during the delivery process at this place,” he said.
Cabo also added, so far UNFPA has supported the rehabilitation of several health centers and provided maternity tolls, furniture, and others.
“UNFPA rehabilitated three emergency Maternal Health Neonatal Care and will establish 22 more. An emergency one will be established in Atauru because it is very important to help pregnant women in Atauro,” She said.
In line with that, Doctor Manuel Moruk said that this health center often provided delivery services to one to eight pregnant women, but he also acknowledged the lack of facilities and professional midwives.
“We still lack human resources such as midwives and lack of facilities,” he said.
He explained, the health center has provided delivery services for more than 633 pregnant women since 2022 of this number 18 babies were recorded dead.
“We have provided delivery services for more than 633 pregnant women, of this number 18 infants were deaths. Three babies died in the womb and 15 other babies died in the process of delivery. The deaths of these babies were caused by inadequate anti-natal care as well as other complicating causes such as high blood pressure, anemia, infections, etc. ” he explained.
Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá
Editor: Nelia B.