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27.03.2009 Health

Expectant mothers urged to seek early antenatal care

By gna
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Mr Donatus Achisiba, Nkoranza North District Director of Health Service, has urged pregnant women to visit antenatal clinics to receive preventive treatment in order to protect themselves and their unborn babies from diseases.

Mr Achisiba was addressing about 50 health officials in the district at a two-day workshop on the Prevention and Control of Malaria and Tuberculosis at Busunya.

He explained that pregnant women “have reduced immunity” against the malaria parasite, hence their lives were at risk.

Mr Achisiba advised women to patronise the use of insecticide treated nets to free themselves from mosquito bites.

On the treatment of tuberculosis, the district director reiterated that the disease was curable and called on victims to seek early medical attention.

He expressed regret about how as a result of lack of education and knowledge, TB victims were detested and neglected by family members and other people.

Mr. Achibisa urged opinion leaders to step up education on the treatment of tuberculosis to encourage people affected to seek medical care.