10 babies die at St. Theresa’s Hospital over lack of incubator

10 babies die at St. Theresa’s Hospital over lack of incubator

- Statistics indicate that 10 preterm deaths were recorded in the first quarter of 2018, as a result of the absence of an incubator at the St. Theresa's Hospital

- The Pediatrician at the St Theresa’s Hospital, Dr. Rosemond Kokuro, lamented the situation, saying the number of preterm deaths are likely to increase if nothing is done

The St. Theresa’s Hospital at Nkoransa in the Nkoransa Municipality of the Brong Ahafo Region has been recording increasing death of babies due to the absence of an incubator.

According to a Citinewsroom.com report, The facility has recorded 187 preterm cases with 28 deaths.

The report indicated that out of the 28 preterm babies that have died at the facility, 10 of them died in the first quarter of 2018 alone.

10 babies die at St. Theresa’s Hospital over lack of incubator

10 babies die at St. Theresa’s Hospital over lack of incubator. Source: Modernghana.com

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The Pediatrician at the facility, Dr. Rosemond Kokuro in an interview with Citi news said the development is becoming worrying as numbers of preterm babies are increasing at the hospital.

Because we have a Neonatal Unit at this facility we are getting more referrals from our outstations, but we do not have a single incubator in this facility to cater for these preterm babies. We need urgent help; I am calling on government and NGOs to help us with an incubator, ” Dr. Kokuro said.

She added that they have to adapt the Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) method which involves infants being carried, usually by the mother, with skin-to-skin contact to create the warmth the babies need.

Dr . Kokuro also said space is a problem at the St Theresa’s Hospital maternity ward.

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Meanwhile, the administrator of the Hospital, Francis Tawiah, called for support for the Neonatal Unit.

We serve four districts and the number of preterm babies to the facility has shot up. We need an incubator urgently to save the lives of these preterm babies,” Mr. Tawiah noted.

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