WE NEED FACILITIES TO MANAGE PRETERM BIRTHS - DR PAULINA APPIAH



The Sunyani Municipal health director, Dr. Paulina Appiah has revealed that pre -term birth prevalence in the municipality is close to 15% , which she has described as a worrying situation.

Preterm birth is defined as regular contractions of the uterus resulting in changes in the cervix that start before 37 weeks of pregnancy.

Speaking to the issue on the Sunyani based Sky Fm's Big Breakfast Show, Madam Appiah told Hector Dely that pre term babies are at a high risk of developing health conditions if not properly managed.

She enumerated some of the causes of pre- term birth in women.

"Risk factors include diabeteshigh blood pressure, being pregnant with more than one baby, being either obese or underweight, teenage pregnancy, a number of vaginal infectionstobacco smoking, and psychological stress, among others. I will therefore advise pregnant mothers to attend antenatal service during pregnancy"  Madam Appiah said.


To handle and manage pre- term babies well,Madam Appiah revealed that new born care areas have been established in all district hospitals across the region, she however bemoaned the lack of space and incubators in the hospitals.

"We don't have enough space at health facilities to contain the few incubators dotted across the region. This is heckling out activities to save the lives of the embattled babies and the time their mothers have to waste at the facilities Dr. Paulina cried out.

She therefore called on government authorities to facilitate the provision of both incubators and facilities for the management of the complications of pre term babies noting that they have to adopt the kangaroo mother-child nursing method to control the situation.

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