By Chioma Obinna
Respite recently came on the way of pregnant mothers as a team of Nigerian medical doctors based in the Republic of Ireland introduced a hand–held vaginal assisted device to major public hospitals across the country. The device known as KIWI, produced by Clinical Innovation, United States of America is used to assist women who have difficulty delivering their babies. The device which is simple, light and mother and child friendly is said to work on the principle of vacuum delivery.
Statistics available have shown that for every 100,000 pregnant women in Nigeria, 576 die due to birth complications, including lack of skilled attendants and poor health facilities. But with the introduction of the device in the country, experts believed that most Nigerian women would not only benefit from the device but it would reduce the number of women dying during delivery.
In an interview with Good Health Weekly during a training session with Obstetrics and Gynaecologists at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Dr. Oluwole Alabi, said the hand-held device is extremely useful compared to the conventional cup delivery machine that requires electricity and quite a number of staff to facilitate delivery.
“The KIWI product has encompassed all the different components of the conventional machine into one single piece. It is a tiny cup and does not require electricity or require a lot of people to facilitate delivery. All you need is an obstetrician that is going to conduct the delivery and someone that will take the baby. “It is friendly to both mother and child and the obstetrician. The conventional cup causes a lot of lacerations and swelling or bleeding for the baby and mother,” Dr. Alabi stated. On the advantages of the device over caesarean section, CS, he said with the hand held device, many women who have difficulty during delivery would be saved from undergoing a CS.
“Any time you are doing CS it’s an operation but people tend to forget that it is a major surgery. God has designed the vagina route as the way for the baby to be delivered but if you now have to go through another route then you are using another method. CS comes with complications such as bleeding, injury to the bowel, bladder, scarring and infections but if you have a vagina delivery, whether spontaneously or assisted it is better,” he explained.
He further noted that his team was going round some hospitals across the country to impact training to doctors and nurses legally involved in child delivery to ensure that the device is properly used. Speaking, the Managing Director of Morpharm Advance Trust Limited, representing Clinical Innovation of the United States of America, Dr. Gbenga Salawo said Kiwi was the latest innovation in obstetrics and gynaecology. According to him, the device goes for an introductory price of N10, 000 per unit and it is very durable. Although, it could be re-used due to its durable nature but it is designed for single use.
He said his company introduced the device first time in Abuja September last year and launched during the conference of gynaecologists and since then, many hospitals and teaching hospitals have adopted it as their main mode of assisted vagina delivery. Some of the Hospitals he listed include; University of Ilorin Teaching hospital, University of Ibadan, Mother & child hospital in Akure, and other places have adopted it officially.
He further disclosed that Morpharm is also helping in the free training of the hospitals’ doctors to ensure that Nigerian women benefit from the device. The device has been registered by the National Agency for food and drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC.