Nicaraguan mothers thankful for upgraded health post
Aura, 23 years old, and her little daughter Milagros, aged five months, at the health post.
If you visit Masaya, Nicaragua, the City of Artisans, you will find merchants selling colourful clothing, detailed woodwork, and intricate embroidery. You’ll also find high unemployment, and a much-loved community health post that cares for more than 12,000 patients – 70 percent of whom are under the age of eight.
Visiting the health post are expectant moms like Janeth, four-months pregnant with her first child, and moms like Aura, raising three young sons and a five-month-old daughter with the help of her mother. All are grateful to you, and other Child Essentials donors, for upgrades the health post received in 2013. With your help, CCFC built a new roof and cement floor at the entrance (which serves as a waiting room), added inside flooring, a toilet, a new electrical system, and created separate medical examination areas.
“Before the improvement, the medical post was very basic and women had no privacy for their prenatal checkups,” said Aura. “Now, I do not have to wait in long lines in other health centres because my community health post provides quick and comprehensive care to pregnant women. With the new roof, I wait under the shade, and if it rains I no longer get wet.”
Expectant mom Janeth spoke of how donors have given her a feeling of security. “When I feel a problem, I come here immediately and I receive fast and high quality attention.”
Dr. Diana Alarcón shared how the upgrades have led to better patient care, improved sanitation and many new patients. “As a doctor I am pleased to provide health care services in these conditions. Here, women and all patients, can share information about their health and can be examined in a private environment. That was impossible before the improvement. Before we used a latrine, but now we have a new toilet and sinks to wash our hands and keep clean. We thank God and CCFC. We are very grateful to the donors for supporting the health of Nicaraguan families.”