Preterm birth is not spiritual; it is a medical condition – Medical Officer

Preterm birth is not spiritual; it is a medical condition – Medical Officer

A senior medical officer at the Manhyia government’s Hospital Mother and Baby Unit has urged parents to disregard wild beliefs that preterm birth is a religious condition and to insist on high quality medical care for his or her infants.

According to Dr. Yaa Dufie Amo-Mensah, many moms are discouraged from in search of high quality medical consideration at health services and as an alternative search treatment from herbalists and spiritualists.

According to her, such parental choices exacerbate the condition of their infants.

Preterm birth is not spiritual; it is a medical condition - Medical Officer

“You know premature babies, some people call them ‘Nsuo ba’ or ‘Bosom ba’ so then they rather think that herbal preparations and other things (can cure the illness) which rather worsens the condition,” Dr. Amo-Mensah noted.

Dr. Amo-Mensah was talking at a durbar to commemorate the World Prematurity Day in Kumasi.

A untimely birth is one that happens before the beginning of the thirty seventh week of being pregnant.

Premature infants, particularly these born very early, usually have difficult medical issues.

Preterm birth is not spiritual; it is a medical condition - Medical Officer

According to Dr. Amo-Mensah, greater than 15 million children are born prematurely each year around the world, and there is a want to advocate for parents to perceive that such infants can now survive and be wholesome.

A untimely mother, Ruth Duah described her experience as a preterm mother as “horrible,” citing the stress and agony she endures on a every day foundation.

She said that her little one weighed solely 0.95 grams and that her lack of knowledge in regards to the condition almost made issues worse.

“My baby was weighing 0.95 grams and I haven’t seen such before in my life,” she said surprisingly.

Preterm birth is not spiritual; it is a medical condition - Medical Officer

Nana Agyakomaa Difie II, Queen Mother of the Mampong Traditional Area, acknowledged that having a preterm little one is a very critical challenge for a lot of parents, and it is vital to help cut back moms’ stress by means of efficient sensitisation outreaches.

Preterm birth is not spiritual; it is a medical condition - Medical Officer
Nana Agyakomaa Difie II, Queen Mother of the Mampong Traditional Area

She urged men to be supportive of their wives throughout the preterm interval so as to cut back the psychological effects they may experience.

Nana Agyakomaa acknowledged that whereas the Asantemaa Nana Konadu Yiadom III has been supporting the hospital’s Mother and Baby Unit, other philanthropic organizations and people must also come to the hospital’s help to ensure that it to purchase extra medical logistics, notably incubators.

Preterm birth is not spiritual; it is a medical condition - Medical Officer

“One of the challenges is definitely our space, our place is too small for the babies that we receive every year. We also need incubators, we need radiant warmers, we need a CPAP, we need pulse oximeter, those are right now the basic things we need essentially, if we could get it immediately we would be very very happy,” Dr Amo-Mensah acknowledged.

But monetary constraints proceed to hinder correct health care of preterm infants at the Manhyia Hospital.

“Most of these mothers are average earners, they are those that have to go out every day and earn an income so sometimes it’s very difficult with their kid’s medication, even some of them struggle to get transportation to come for review,” Dr. Amo-Mensah said.

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