Kits keep mums and bubs safer
BIRTH: Zonta club president Lucia Taylor and Teagan Chalk, 15, with the kits EXPECTANT mothers in Papua New Guinea will receive muchneeded birthing kits following a donation from one of Townsville’s Zonta clubs.
One thousand kits consisting of a 1m sq plastic sheet, a piece of soap, a pair of latex gloves, three cords to tie the umbilical cord, a scalpel blade and five gauze swabs were bought by the Zonta Club of Metro Townsville.
Club president Lucia Taylor said this was the sixth year the club had raised money for the birthing kits.
‘‘ Zonta is dedicated to improving the lives of women giving birth in developing countries by reducing the incidence of infant and maternal mortality and as a club we decided to support this years ago,’’ she said.
More than 200 students from St Margaret Mary’s College helped pack the birthing kits.
The school’s pastoral care deputy principal Mardi Christ said she wanted to remind the students how privileged they were to enjoy a sterile, comfortable health care in Australia.
The kits were expected to be sent to Papua New Guinea this week.