Time to deliver: Midwives take on greater role amid pandemic

first_imgSinta is keenly aware she faces the risk of infection every time she delivers a baby at the hospital.She said she could only hope people were responsible and followed physical distancing and other safety measures so she could feel safe at work.“I used to kiss my parents’ hands before I left for work and when I came home. I used to play with my younger siblings once I got off work. Since the pandemic began, I’ve not done any of those things because I’m afraid I might bring the virus home and infect them,” Sinta said.According to the Indonesian Midwives Association (IBI), there are currently more than 300,000 midwives across the country.Emi Nurjasmi, the chairwoman of the association, said at least five midwives had died since March after tending to patients with the disease. “Others have tested positive for COVID-19 and are undergoing treatment,” she said.With Indonesia celebrating National Day for Midwives on June 24, Emi urged the government and other related organizations to use it as a moment to double down on efforts to support and protect midwives, so they could tend to patients safely at hospitals and antenatal clinics across the country.By the beginning of June, 974 antenatal clinics across the country had been closed temporarily due to a lack of resources and personal protective equipment. Emi said the administrators were worried a lack of protection at clinics would leave staff exposed to the virus.IBI has also found that the pandemic has made pregnant women and couples more reluctant to visit health facilities, even just for check-ups or to receive birth control.“We received reports of a decline in the number of visitors to clinics and health facilities in several cities. On the other hand, there are also reports of increasing numbers of pregnancies during the pandemic,” she said.Experts say that an increase in the number of unplanned pregnancies during the pandemic not only increased health risks for mothers and infants, but also presented challenges for a new generation of households that may be affected by the economic costs of the pandemic.“It is really important for Indonesia’s National Population and Family Planning Board [BKKBN], as the sector’s lead, and midwives at health facilities to encourage people to discuss family planning wisely and use contraception,” said Hermawan Saputra, a member of the Indonesian Public Health Experts Association’s board of experts.The agency has said that by early next year, Indonesia – the world’s fourth most populous country – could see 420,000 more births than would otherwise be expected.During a recent interview, BKKBN chairman Hasto Wardoyo said that partial lockdowns had made it more difficult for Indonesians to access birth control, resulting in a spike in unplanned pregnancies.”If you’re planning to get pregnant, now is not the right time and please do not stop using contraceptives,” Hasto said as quoted by AFP.Hasto said the agency has been sending staff on door-to-door visits in various neighborhoods to give intrauterine devices (IUDs) and other methods of birth control to those who want them.Topics : She said more tests needed to be conducted and more information gathered on the condition of mothers entering the emergency room, including waiting for COVID-19 rapid test results.Unfortunately for Sinta and her colleagues, the situation is not always so clean-cut or ideal.“A couple of days ago, I had to help a mother who was already in labor when she was brought into the emergency room. There was no time to run tests on her. I had no time to wear a protection suit or a face shield, so I only wore gloves and a mask,” she told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.“I was honestly afraid because in that situation I didn’t know whether she had the virus or not. We only knew we had to work fast to help the mother and baby, so I just whispered to myself ‘bismillah’ and helped her.” In the time of COVID-19, the role midwives play in helping mothers during and after labor and during pregnancy is more essential than ever.With the number of COVID-19 cases still rising, midwives across Indonesia must navigate new procedures while delivering babies, in the full knowledge that they are exposing themselves to possible infection.Sinta, 23, a midwife who works at a hospital in Tangerang, Banten, said there was a heightened sense of caution and seriousness in her workplace to ensure that safety protocols were followed, especially after the government announced the nation’s first COVID-19 case in March.last_img read more

Belgium adds functionality to online pension portal

first_imgSource: SigedisIn other news, Belgium’s larger house of parliament has voted to allow those who work for longer than 45 years to accrue additional pension rights. At the moment, workers can only accrue a maximum of 45 years’ worth of pension rights.The reform will take effect from January and follows through with a recommendation of the Pension Reform Commission 2020-2040, a panel of experts appointed in 2013 by the then government.Bacquelaine said: “Our pension system must encourage the pursuit of professional activity but must also better reward the work done. From now on, all years of actual work will be taken into account in calculating pensions.” The online service was introduced in January 2016. Initially it allowed users to consult their career data and find out when they could claim their pension. Since December 2016 those accruing occupational pension rights have been able to look up the second pillar entitlements they had built up. The equivalent is now possible for the unfunded state pension. Steven Janssen, managing director of Sigedis, which is responsible for the second pillar part of mypension.be, said the evolution of the state pension functionality on the site had encountered issues relating to pre-2016 reform that introduced changes to the state pension age. “It introduced an element of individualisation so there was a fair amount of confusion among the populace,” he told IPE. “As a result it was decided to focus our efforts on the pension age.”Also, changes to how the state pension was calculated were being introduced at the time, so those behind mypension.be decided it was not worth trying to model something that could soon be redundant. Announcing the fresh changes, the Belgian pensions minister Daniel Bacquelaine said: “Until recently, citizens were often unaware of the reality of their pension rights and had to turn to different services depending on their professional status. The implementation of the pension engine has significantly improved a citizen’s digital information about pension rights, regardless of the occupational scheme to which he is affiliated.”He noted that the mypension.be platform had been visited more than 6.7m times as of 20 November. The federal pensions service today announced there had been almost 500,000 unique visits to the website since the changes were announced less than a week ago.What’s the background? The mypension.be website is the outcome of collaboration between several federal pension organisations and Sigedis. Sigedis is a non-profit organisation created in 2006 by the Belgian government to collect declarations from all second pillar pension providers for the purpose of maintaining an occupational pensions database. The database, DB2P, became operational in January 2011. It is the data engine behind the mypension.be portal and other outputs, such as pension institutions’ individual benefit statements and letters to pensioners (see below for a workflow depiction).More than 200 providers declare information to the database. An English-language domain name was chosen to avoid having to register domains in all three of Belgium’s official languages (Flemish, French and German). The Belgian pension portal mypension.be is expanding, the country’s pensions minister has announced.From now on, users will be able to consult the website to find out the estimated amount of their state pension. From March next year they will also be able to use the website to calculate the impact of new rules allowing people to buy back years spent studying to count for their pensionable service.The mypension.be platform will also evolve to allow individuals to check the effect certain career choices would have on their pension. This feature is to become available from 2019.last_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Zack Wheeler’s value ‘more or less’ destroyed after being placed on IL

first_img MLB trade rumors: Mets want ‘multiple top prospects’ in exchange for Noah Syndergaard The Mets’ hopes of moving Zack Wheeler for a top prospect appear to have taken a major hit.New York placed the 29-year-old right-hander on the injured list Monday due to shoulder fatigue, according to multiple reports. Breaking: Zack Wheeler is being placed on the injured list with right shoulder fatigue, a source says.The IL move is retroactive to Friday, so the soonest he can return is July 23. That leaves Wheeler with two starts max before the trade deadline.— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) July 15, 2019The Mets had reportedly been hoping to deal Wheeler before the July 31 deadline and he’s expected to “be back pitching” by then, according to SNY. But, Wheeler’s trade value is now “more or less” destroyed, according to a report from ESPN.Wheeler will be a free agent after the season.  Related News GM Brodie Van Wagenen: Mets will take ‘underdog role’ as trade deadline approach changes Noah Syndergaard addresses trade rumors, says he loves being with Mets Zack Wheeler is headed to the injured list with shoulder fatigue, which more or less destroys his trade value.He had interest far and wide across the league. Perhaps a team still takes a crack in hopes he returns, but the Mets’ desire to cash in at the deadline has evaporated.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 15, 2019Wheeler holds a 6-6 record with a 4.69 ERA in 19 starts so far in 2019. He has spent his entire MLB career with the Mets.“Honestly, I hate change,” Wheeler told The Athletic last month. “I’m a homebody. I like the group of guys we’ve got here. … I can’t tell you how many years my name has been in trade talks. I’m kind of used to it right now. But it never gets easy.”The Mets entered play Monday with a 42-51 record. They’re six games behind the Phillies for the second wild-card spot and trail the Braves by 14 1/2 games in the National League East.New York began trade talks and “shifted into a more aggressive sell mode” in early July, according to a previous report from SNY. “I’m not just saying that because it’s the right thing to say,” Wheeler said. “I’ve got history here. I love the team. I love everything about it here. Sure, some things could maybe get better. But I love it here all around. I love playing here.”The Yankees and Red Sox were both reportedly looking to acquire Wheeler prior to the injury. He had been linked to the Cubs and Braves, as well.last_img read more

Lestle Joyce Hollingsworth, 80, Belle Plaine: Dec. 4, 1935 – August 9, 2016

first_imgLestle HollingsworthLestle Hollingsworth was born Dec. 4, 1935 in Tulsa, Okla. to Velma Conklin and Joyce Randall Hollingsworth. He was the second of their four sons.His family also lived in Colorado Springs, Colo. for a year before returning to their family farm in Belle Plaine where Lestle spent most of his school years. In 1953 he was a second generation graduate of Belle Plaine High School. He then attended Wichita State University, majoring in music education and voice. He was proud of his years as a drum major both in high school and college.He traveled the world extensively working as a church missionary. His Campaigns for Christ included trips to Bogota, Columbia, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg, South Africa, Adelaide, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand. Lestle and Mary Hollingsworth, his wife of 13 years, later returned to New Zealand for six months. Even well into his seventies, Lestle continued his mission work in Mexico and Guyana. He also worked for Church of Christ congregations in an educational role for churches in La Cross, WI, Pittsburgh, PA and Monroe, LA.Belle Plaine, KS was always the common thread throughout his life’s journeys. He found occupation as a hair stylist and with the Department of Corrections in Winfield, KS. Upon his retirement in 2002 from The Kansas State Correctional Facility he moved to Panama City, Fla. to be near his immediate family. He very soon embraced and was embraced by the church family of the Jenks Avenue Church of Christ.Lestle leaves behind three brothers to joyfully remember his life; Kermit and wife Beverly, Loren and wife Penny, Harvey and wife JoAnn. He also leaves behind his beloved nieces and nephews, numerous first cousins and two additional generations of family that span the globe, working and living for Christ.His kind, gentle and joyful nature will be dearly missed.A memorial service will be held at the Wellington, Kansas Church of Christ on Saturday,  August 20th, 2016 at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m.Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Jenks Avenue Church of Christ youth activity, Lads 2 Leaders, 3332 Jenks Avenue, Panama City, Fla. 32405.last_img read more