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26.12.2008 Regional News

Births at Sekondi-Takoradi hospitals on Christmas day

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Hospitals in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis in the Western Region, have recorded births on Christmas day.

Madam Angela Naana Christian, Senior Staff Midwife at Essikadu Polyclinic, said two boys were born at 1230 hours and 0400 hours at the facility on December 25.

The Senior Staff Midwife, who disclosed this to Ghana News Agency at Essikadu, urged all pregnant women to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), to enable them to have access to free maternal care.

Madam Christian urged expectant mothers to visit the hospital for treatment instead of solely going to the Church for prayers, to avoid complications which could lead to maternal mortality.

She advised mothers to send their children below five years to the hospital for weighing and medical care to prevent them against the six killer diseases: poliomyelitis, whooping cough, measles, tetanus, tuberculosis and diphtheria.

At the Takoradi hospital, where a woman was delivered of a baby girl at 1053 hours on Christmas day, Madam Kate Cobbinah, a Nursing officer, told the GNA that the baby and the mother were doing well at the recovery ward.

She expressed satisfaction that most expectant women who were at the hospital had registered for the NHIS and appealed to all pregnant women to patronise the free maternal care under the Scheme.

Madam Cobbinah said regular attendance of pregnant women at the antenatal unit of the hospital, prevented complications during pregnancy and delivery.

At the Kwesiministim Hospital, a baby girl and a set of twins, a boy and a girl, were born through caesarean section at 1030 hours and 1052 hours respectively.

Mrs. Paulina Opandoh, a Senior Midwifery Officer there, told the GNA that some expectant mothers failed to bring basic items for delivery and nurses were compelled to provide those items.

She urged families to give pregnant women and lactating mothers the necessary support.

Ms. Anna Austin, a Senior Nursing Officer at the Kwesiministim Hospital, said some pregnant women suffered from anaemia and attributed this partly to the eating of imbalanced diet and short intervals between deliveries among others.

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