Kits keep mums and bubs safer

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Bar­bara Lynch

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.

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