First Lady calls on nurses to be professional

29 May 2016 15:00pm
ONGWEDIVA, 29 MAY (NAMPA) – First Lady Monica Geingos has urged health care workers, especially those at State hospitals and clinics who ask expecting teenagers unnecessary questions, to desist from such acts.
Geingos said this during the launch of the antenatal care campaign at Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital here on Saturday.
She said questions such as “how did you get pregnant” makes someone feel uncomfortable and may lead to them not seeking antenatal care as required out of fear of being questioned.
“Nurses please stop asking police questions. Some things are obvious and some questions do not have anything to do with how you give these services,” she urged.
The First Lady stated that nurses and health care givers should be patient, and avoid asking discomforting or too personal questions that do not play a role in the antenatal process.
The campaign is aimed at ensuring a healthy and safe motherhood for expectant mothers.
Geingos urged nurses and health care givers to give women the right advice when it comes to family planning, stating that a woman has every right to decide whether she wants to bear children or not without being questioned.
“It is your body, and you alone have the right to decide if you want to have babies, and if you decide to, you also have the right to decide how many you want,”
The First Lady added that at times, some women are forced to have children against their will, either due to circumstances or due to unplanned births.
This, she says, leads to unpreparedness and emotional instability.
“Being pregnant requires emotional stability, readiness and support and if a woman lacks this, this too may lead to unsafe motherhood,” she stressed.
Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital Managing Director, Dr Tshali Iithete noted that the campaign, which is the first of its kind at the hospital, puts special emphasis on safe motherhood and noted that it will become an annual event.
“We have recognised safe antenatal care as the single most important factor in determining pregnancy outcome and neonatal health,” Iithete said.
He also added that it is important to note that a pregnancy is something that needs to be embraced by the entire family, and called on husbands, fathers and partners to be part of the campaign.
“Other special events on our annual calendar over the past four years also involved breast, cervical and prostate cancer awareness campaigns which have been very successful. We have cumulatively screened over 2 000 women for breast and cervical cancer,” Iithete said.