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18.08.2004 Health

Kwabre health directorate launches Safe Motherhood campaign

By GNA

Maase (Ash), Aug 18, GNA - The Kwabre District Directorate of the Ghana Health Service on Tuesday, launched a Safe Motherhood campaign to educate the community on the need for pregnant women to attend antenatal clinics.

The campaign, which was launched at Maase also, educated the women, especially pregnant women on the need to prevent and control malaria and anemia through antenatal care.

Speaking at the function, Mrs Theresa Baah-Yeboah, Proprietor of the Saint Theresa's Maternity Home at Atimatim told the women that statistics showed that many deaths during childbirth were caused by anemia.

She said during pregnancy, many complications including malaria, anemia, miscarriages and others set in, which could lead to death if not quickly diagnosed and treated. Mrs Baah-Yeboah called on expectant mothers to know their blood level, pressure, sugar and salt content so as to ensure their good health.

She urged husbands to encourage their wives to attend antenatal clinics and to assist them to remain healthy during pregnancy. Mrs Beatrice Nyamekye, a Senior Midwife, advised women to ensure that they and their children slept in mosquito nets and manage their environments properly to eliminate the breeding sites of mosquitoes. Mrs Mary Asiedu, a Midwife, asked pregnant women to eat nutritious and well balanced diet.

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