Tell us about yourself.
My name is Ngozi Teresa Amole, a Mamalette Champion covering the Oshodi axis.
As a child, what did you want to become in future? What do you do now?
As a child I wanted to become a nursing sister because as a child each time we visit the church clinic, I loved the way the nursing sisters attended to sick patients with love and care. Today, I am a secretary, however the passion to care for people around me still remains.
Why did you volunteer as a Mamalette Champion?
I volunteered as a Mamalette champion because I love to see people around me live a healthy life.
What was a striking moment for you during this program?
The striking moment for me during this program was when one of my enrolee’s baby was seriously sick and admitted into hospital. I made sure I was always available at the hospital to encourage the enrolee and pray with her until her baby was discharged from the hospital. Thank God the baby is healthy and alive today.
Can you share a story of an enrolee whose life you have impacted during this program?
One of my pregnant enrolees had rhesus incompatibility and was unaware that she would need to take the rHogam injection. She had not been educated about it at the community health centre, where she was attending her antenatal clinic. But thank God for the Mamalette program which gave me the opportunity to educate and enlighten her about the disadvantages of not taking the injection at 6 months and 72 hours after delivery. With my advice she was able to save money for the injection which was administered to her 72hrs after delivery. Today she’s happy and both she and her baby are in good health. She is also always eager to welcome me to her home. In addition, her parents expressed their joy that my advice came in just at the right time.
What in your life made you care about other people around you?
The death of my sister in-law affected me greatly. While the young woman was in labour, the doctor advised her to go for a Caesarean Section and out of ignorance she refused, rejecting the doctors advice. As a result she lost her life while trying to give birth. Ever since then I’ve made up my mind to advise and encourage every pregnant woman around me.
I also lost one of my siblings several years ago due to poor health facilities in our community.
What is your hope for your community?
My hope for my community is to see a community free from preventable diseases and reduced maternal mortality rates.
What message do you have for other women who are looking to make an impact in their communities?
My message for other women who want to make impact in their community is to be selfless in their service and to not be discouraged.