UNFPA Calls for Clean Environment to Encourage Facility Delivery

first_imgAs the Government of Liberia and partners intensify efforts to encourage facility delivery by pregnant women, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund has called for hospitals to remain clean and comfortable.“We cannot advocate for facility delivery when health centers remain in shambles and unattractive,” says UNFPA Liberia Resident Representative Ms. Ratidzai Ndhlovu. “When a woman walks into a clinic or hospital to deliver, she must see the facility as the best place for her delivery. We don’t want pregnant women to hesitate to come to the institution because it is so uncomfortable”“UNFPA is committed to remain a trusted partner to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare,” Ms. Ndhlovu said during an appreciation program on Tuesday 14 January, by the administration of the James N. Davies Memorial Hospital for UNFPA’s contribution to the face-lifting process of the hospital.  The James N. Davies Hospital is located in Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia and is a maternal and child health hospital that serves a population of about 250,000 people.She said because maternal health is at the core of UNFPA’s mission, the fund will continue to support activities of the Ministry of Health to prevent maternal death by providing technical assistance for family planning, strengthening and upgrading of health facilities and referral mechanisms, improving midwife training curricula. It will also continue supporting human resources management; mobilizing communities and promoting women’s rights. “UNFPA is committed to all efforts that promote the reproductive health and rights of women and girls; ensuring that no woman dies giving life.”In Liberia four women die every day due to pregnancy related complications. In appreciation of UNFPA’s gesture, the Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Health Ministry Dr. Bernice Dahn pleaded for direct UNFPA support to the James N. Davies hospital. “This hospital attends mostly to pregnant women and their newborns, and children and it is one of the hospitals with very high newborn deaths,” she said.In March 2011, the Government of Liberia and partners launched the roadmap for accelerated reduction of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in the country. The roadmap guides the delivery of basic, essential and quality reproductive health care services to the people including institutional delivery.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aubameyang happy to give up hat-trick bid

first_img0Shares0000On target: Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring © AFP / Oliver GREENWOODLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 1 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said he was happy to give up the chance to claim a hat-trick on Sunday, preferring to see Arsenal strike partner Alexandre Lacazette convert a confidence-boosting penaltyArsenal defeated relegation-haunted Stoke 3-0 with Aubameyang scoring twice — a penalty and another from open play — with substitute Lacazette scoring the third, also from the spot a minute before time. Aubameyang revealed he passed up the opportunity to score a maiden Arsenal hat-trick — he had scored two for Borussia Dortmund this season before his January transfer — because he wanted to help Lacazette.The Frenchman had returned from injury for his first game since February 10 and accepted the gift gratefully.“I had scored twice already so I knew it would be good for his confidence,” Aubameyang explained.Some managers do not allow anybody other than the designated penalty-taker to have a go from 12 yards but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made it clear he approved of the gesture.“That shows the state of our society — that when people are generous they are surprised,” he said.“Even more when it is footballers — and when it is strikers even more.“I wasn’t surprised because I know they have a good understanding. I like that because it can only make the team stronger. I think it’s great.”Meanwhile, Wenger’s opinion on Aubameyang’s new hairstyle remains unknown.– Hair’s to you –Hair’s to you: Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dedicates his latest hairstyle to his grandmother who passed away last week © AFP / Oliver GREENWOODThe Gabon forward had the name Marina etched on to the side of his head.“It is my grandmother’s name,” he said. “She passed away last week so this is my dedication to her.”The win did nothing to alter the Gunners’ position of sixth in the Premier League table, and they are now concentrating on the Europa League, with CSKA Moscow due at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday for a quarter-final first leg clash.But Stoke boss Paul Lambert was left fuming with the penalty decision on the first goal.A point would have been precious to second bottom Stoke and they were 15 minutes away from achieving just that when referee Craig Pawson awarded a penalty for Bruno Martins Indi’s challenge on Mesut Ozil.Lambert was convinced the penalty should not have been given as Martin Indi, although approaching from a position behind Ozil, had got enough on the ball.The Scot argued that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system — not yet used in the Premier League — would have seen the original decision overturned had it been in operation.“It was a game-changer because a couple of minutes earlier we had hit the post,” he said.“I know we have the benefit of replays and Craig doesn’t but for the big moments you have to be so precise.”VAR has courted plenty of controversy itself since trials began in the FA Cup earlier this season, but Lambert was a fan.“I’ve seen VAR work in Germany,” he said. “It worked seamlessly, absolutely no problem at all.“We bring it over here and it seems to be confusing but for this sort of incident? Absolutely. The referees need help for the big calls.”Wenger inevitably had a different view to Lambert, the Arsenal boss saying: “From the outside it looked a penalty. I don’t think that Ozil dived.”Stoke have managed just one win since Christmas and will have to conjure up some more points if they are to avoid relegation.Lambert remained bullish about their prospects however. “I’m 100 percent confident we will stay up,” he said. “I thought that when I came in and nothing has changed my mind.“I have won games here and come here and drawn and not played as well as that.“We never deserved a 3-0. The first goal was always going to be crucial. The one thing that’s missing from our game at the minute is Lady Luck.“I thought the players were brilliant. Performance-wise, I couldn’t have asked for more.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more