Pregnant women, mothers, and babies in the south of the country will have better conditions and benefit from quality medical services. The maternity ward at the hospital in Cahul was equipped with modern equipment by the UN Population Fund, with financial support from the USA.
More than 900 babies are born annually at the maternity hospital in Cahul, of which more than 180 are delivered by cesarean section. The UN Population Fund, with the support of the United States of America, equipped the perinatal center with modern equipment worth $175,000.
“The UN Population Fund is particularly pleased to support Moldovan doctors, who show selflessness and perseverance in times of crisis. With this equipment, they will offer quality services both to women from Moldova and to refugees from Ukraine”, says Dr. Saidkasim Sakhipov, UNFPA Emergency Coordinator.
Svetlana Postolachi has been working at the Cahul hospital since 1972. The medical worker says she didn’t think she would get to see high-performance equipment in the maternity ward.
“It is easier to follow the rules. Septic, antiseptic. And the women respect the hygiene rules. The salons are equipped for this. Obviously, this will influence women’s health”, says the medical worker.
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Thanks to the new equipment, after giving birth, women no longer have to move from one medical chair to another. The provided furniture can be transformed from a birthing chair into a bed for patients and is mobile, and to be examined, they will no longer have to go from room to room.
“This joint effort by the US Government, the UN Population Fund, and the Cahul District Hospital will provide women in the region with better access to specialized prenatal and postnatal medical services, as well as care for specific women’s and newborn health issues,” says Kent D. Logsdon, the ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Moldova.
The donation will contribute to the reduction of maternal and infant mortality indicators in the Republic of Moldova and will increase the access of women from Cahul, Taraclia, and Cantemir to quality reproductive health services. The hospital in Cahul district is one of the nine medical institutions equipped with reproductive health equipment. The total value of the equipment offered by UNFPA for the entire system in the Republic of Moldova is 3,6 million dollars and will be installed for two months. In total, 22 delivery rooms will be renovated, so that 15,000 babies can be born in safe conditions, and babies in serious condition can be saved in modern resuscitation and intensive care rooms.