THE MATERNITY Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital records between 40 and 50 new births a day.
The newborns, most of who are brought forth through normal delivery are said to be in good health with only a few critical cases referred to the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for further clinical examination.
This came to light when the Canadian Envoy to Ghana, Mr. Darren Schemmer and his entourage paid a brief visit to the unit after donating medical items to the hospital last week.
Madam Mary Batsa, Principal Nursing Officer in-charge of the unit told the visiting team that a maximum of 15 caesarean sections, out of the number, are carried out daily at the unit.
She said babies admitted to the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit were discharged depending on the condition of their health.
She attributed the rise in the number of deliveries to the free maternal policy introduced by the Government in July this year.
Prof. E.Y. Kwawukume, head of the unit told HEALTH MATTERS that structures such as the labour unit, NICU and the various recovery wards needed total renovation for effective and efficient service delivery, adding, “With the many deliveries recorded on daily basis our structures need to be refurbished to ensure the comfort of not only service providers but both mother and baby.”
He called on philanthropists and corporate entities to assist in this direction.
The visiting team commended workers of the unit for their service to humanity.
They used the occasion to interact with the nursing mothers.