The Ahyireman Community in the Ahafo ano East District of the Ashanti Region is not connected to the National Grid, Water and Transportation are other challenges facing the local population. The community health planning Services ships facility at the area which serves a population of over 300 people in about five communities.
Margaret Afriyie, a midwife is one of the 4 Personnels posted to the facility. She strives to do everything possible to discourage home and self deliveries in the area.
Margaret has established a five acre vegetable farm, she uses proceeds from her investment to embark on programs to educate pregnant women in the community against certain odds during pregnancy.
In certain circumstance, she offers food items and other necessary requirements to support the pregnant women and nursing mothers in the five communities.
”They like delivering home, and the complications when delivering at home is that high so I use the food items and sometimes money to motivate them so that, they can come to the facility for more checks during delivery” – Margaret said in an interview with The Publisher.
Margaret sometimes hires motor bikes to move round the five communities to check on the Patients. Some nursing mothers and pregnant women in the community expressed delight in the kind gesture of the Midwife.
”Anytime we visit the health facility, we are treated well. They teach us how pregnant women should take good care of themselves during pregnancy” – one pregnant woman said.
According to her, the intervention of Margaret has been on a very good side to many of them adding that, monies are sometimes extended to them by Margaret when the need arises.
Meanwhile Margaret is excited her agricultural farm has created another income generation tool and helped youths in the community at the employment side.
”The farming is helping many in the community, lots of the youths have been able to make something out of it and other help also goes in favour of the Nursing Mothers.” – she added.
Margaret Afriyie is celebrated for defiling all odds to make a difference in the deprived rural communities where many will reject when being posted after school.