Ms Sulemana who was part of the 2017 newly inductees of the N&MC that were inducted into the health profession on Monday in Accra, was said to have delivered the pregnant woman of a baby boy at 0300 hours while on board the bus on Sunday, September 23, 2018.
She was said to have used improvised polythene bags as gloves to receive the baby, got a blade from a passenger to cut the umbilical cord of the baby and pulled out a string from a sack to tie the cord.
“The news of her professional display got to our attention through social media. Upon further enquiries, we established the veracity of the story and invited her to our head office in Accra to officially commend her”, the N&MC said in a release issued and copied to the GNA in Accra.
According to the release, the work of a midwife required dedication and experience and that was exactly what Ms Sulemana exhibited when she helped “the panic-stricken mum–to–be keep calm, before catching the new born child her arms”.
Narrating the incident at the induction ceremony amidst applauses from the gathering, Ms Sulemana indicated that there was a highly pregnant woman in the bus she boarded on Saturday 22 September 2018 going to Tamale for antenatal care on that faithful Saturday.
“I quickly moved to where the woman was and demanded her antenatal card and realized her gestational age was almost 38 weeks. Her ultra sound report indicated that she was expected to deliver on October 1, 2018’’
She noted that, she did not want to monitor labour on the bus so she asked the driver to speed up so that they could get to a nearby health facility. “However, after monitoring her for some time, she started shouting in pain and I immediately asked the driver to stop. At that time, we were on the Buipe-Fufulso road. The whole place was dark, bushy and very risky. All she knew was to save the mother and the child.
She asked the passengers to grant her some privacy, and then spread a cloth on the floor and put the woman on it.
“I quickly asked for polythene, which I used as gloves because I had none on me. After l delivered the baby, which was a bouncy baby boy, the baby cried and that was my greatest joy because when a baby is delivered and he doesn’t cry, something might have gone wrong, Ms Suleman recounted.
The next hurdle was to separate the baby from mother by cutting off the umbilical cord. I used a new blade cut off the cord.
As there was no cord clump, I needed to improvise by using a thread to tie the umbilical cord to prevent it from bleeding. I pulled off one string from sack and tied it. I cleaned up the baby and gave him to one of the passengers to hold him why I concentrated on the mother to deliver the placenta.
I delivered the placenta through control cord traction, then messaged the uterus through the abdomen to help the uterus to contract and stop bleeding.
I then cleaned up the mother and handed over the baby to her to breastfeed. Immediately, we were done, the bus moved to Tamale when the mother and baby were handed over to the husband and nurses from the West Hospital in Tamale to be giving proper medical care.