Community Volunteers trained on Maternal Mental Health

Tamale (N/R), Gub-Katimali Society, a Tamale based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in collaboration with Basic-Needs (UK), has organized a day’s training on maternal mental health, for Community Volunteers (CVs)and Traditional Birth Attendance (TBAs) in Tamale.

The CVs and TBAs were trained to help specifically identify women with maternal mental health concerns and refer them to the appropriate health centres for screening.

The training held at the weekend, was part of the Gub-Katimali Society’s Maternal Mental Health Project (MMHP), funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) of UK government, which was re-launched earlier this year to promote mental health and livelihood of the vulnerable in society.

Mr Abdul-Razak Al-hassan, the Project Officer for the MMHP, said research undertaken as part of the project reveals that many mental health issues emerged between the period of pregnancy and childbirth which called for the need to create awareness on identifying women with these issues for early referrals.

He said the trained volunteers together with Ghana Health Service (GHS) would help ensure that women with maternal mental health needs were attended to and given the necessary support till recovery.

Madam Nuriatu Zibrim, a Midwife at the Tamale Central Hospital, said many maternal health issues occur as a result of early problems in life such as the mother been ill during pregnancy and child birth as well as frequent illness in a child below two years.

She said “the period between pregnancy and childbirth was stressful” and that, much attention should be given to pregnant women in the society in order to prevent psychological trauma.

Madam Zibrim urged the trained TBAs and CVs to report detected abnormal maternal cases to the health care centres for early treatment.

She urged the participants to advise pregnant women to take early antenatal care seriously to boost the health of the women and their unborn children, so as to prevent cases of low weight, preterm delivery and induced abortions.

Participants at the training had the opportunity to share some challenges they faced regarding the maternal health of the women they attend to in their communities and suggested remedies to the challenges.

Source: Ghana News Agency