Pregnant women in Mafi Dove in the Central Tongu District of the Volta Region could now give birth in their community following the construction of a clinic at the outskirt of the town.

An outmoded culture practice did not allow pregnant women in the farming community to give birth in the village and its environs for the fear of the “unknown”.

Consequently, women who got pregnant had to leave the community and return only after they were delivered of their babies.

However, Togbe Tsatsu Sakpleka III, Senior Divisional Chief, Mafi Dove, told Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba, Minister of Gender and Social Protection who visited the community, that following appeals and calls from nongovernmental organizations and government, the community had started building its own clinic at the outskirts of the village with focus on maternal health.

He said but the community members were still prohibited from rearing animals and burying the dead in the village.

Madam Otiko Djaba, said in an ever changing world, it was prudent to discard “archaic cultural practices” which were dangerous and keep the good ones.

She said the practice had claimed lives of mothers and their babies with some suffering from birth complications and commended the community for giving new hope of life to pregnant women in the village and promised to assist complete the clinic by the end of August this year.

Meanwhile, some women who spoke with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview expressed divided opinions with a few happy with the development whiles many others were unsure of using the clinic near the village when pregnant.