Judith’s first clinical placement was at Effia – Nkwanta Regional Hospital that has approximately 4500 birth per year. This hospital is the largest and best equipped hospital in Takoradi. The majority of the clientele are young women aged between 22 and 30 years of age.
Some of the common clinical presentations and referrals at the hospital are malaria, HIV, anaemia, hypertension, antepartum bleeding, cord prolapse, obstructed labour, breech, and twins. Any underlying general clinical issues that are found are addressed antenatally.
The labour ward pictured lacked privacy and facilities.
The impact of the environment on midwives where practice is focused on ensuring basic care is stringently upheld.