- The women say they believe the special palm nut soup helps them in safe delivery
- Some of the women defy health advice and also refuse to attend antenatal care
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It has emerged that some pregnant women within the Koforidua Municipality in the Eastern Region join long queues for a special palm nut soup at a particular prayer camp for ‘safe delivery’.
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According to reports, many of these pregnant women defy their conditions and take to these illegal spiritual exercise instead of attending antenatal care.
According to the women, the special palm nut soup they believe possesses spiritual potency to help them have safe delivery when they are due for labour.
This was first revealed during a radio discussion programme on Sunrise FM in the New Juabeng municipality.
Reports say, the Medical Director of the Eastern Regional Hospital, Dr. Kwame Anim Boamah and a Senior Nursing Officer had reported on the radio show to discuss the rate of maternal mortality in the Eastern Region when the issued came up.
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The health practitioners who were stunned with the shocking revelation ceased the opportunity to encourage pregnant women to take their antenatal visits serious.
The medical officers also bemoaned the illegal spiritual practice, insisting that it is not a proven way of ensuring the safety of a mother and an unborn baby.
"I'm not saying they shouldn't pray or seek spiritual advice but pregnant women should take the hospital visits serious in order to have safe delivery", the Senior Nursing Officer, Madam Doris Darkoa said.
She also urged spiritual and religious leaders in and around the city to rather help offer health advice to pregnant women who consult them, instead of extorting monies for such strange concoctions.
Reports say the Eastern Region recorded 61 maternal deaths out of 31,380 deliveries in the first half of 2017 compared to 58 deaths out of 30,945 deliveries within the same period last year.
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