Education and Socialization Reducing Maternal and Infant Mortality Rates in Papua

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PAPUADAILY –Asiki Clinic, as a health facility owned by Tunas Sawa Erma (TSE) Group, continues to strive to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in the Asiki area, Boven Digoel, Papua.

This social responsibility is implemented by providing health services and treatment from professional medical personnel and supported by modern medical equipment.

Asiki Clinic Manager, dr Firman Jayawijaya, explained that several programs have been implemented to reduce the number of deaths of pregnant women and newborns in the Asiki area.

“One of them is carrying out a massive promotional campaign to villages regarding Asiki health services that are capable of handling childbirth,” said Firman in his statement, Saturday (3/7/2021).

In addition, explained Dr. Firman, the Asiki clinic also provides delivery packages containing the main needs for both mother and child. This prize is expected to be able to “stimulate” the desire of prospective mothers who still feel reluctant to give birth in a health facility.

“According to the belief that develops in the Asiki community, the birth process must be carried out in bivouacs or tents and without being accompanied by health workers. They are only accompanied by their families, husbands who do not have the knowledge and experience in accompanying the birth process,” she said.

According to dr. Firman, some of them were able to go through the birth process in a healthy and good way. “However, not a few newborns and mothers who experience infection, heavy bleeding to hypothermia have to get further treatment from the clinic,” he added.

The habit that has been passed down from generation to generation in the indigenous Papuan people around the company’s area is slowly trying to change Asiki Clinic. Since 2017, the Asiki Clinic has routinely provided socialization and education to expectant mothers regarding safe delivery processes to holding pregnancy exercises.

“Thankfully, they are now more enthusiastic about giving birth at the clinic even though they have to travel from far away villages,” said dr Firman.

Since the intensive promotion campaign, the number of maternal and child deaths has decreased slowly. Based on records, the mortality rate for newborns reached four people in 2015. Three babies died in 2016. The number of newborn deaths decreased to two people in 2017 and 2018.

“The latest data, since 2019 until now, there have been no newborn deaths at the Asiki Clinic,” concluded dr Firman.