The Director at the Shai-Osudoku District Hospital in Dodowa, Dr Kennedy Brightson, has lamented the increasing number of prayer camps around the hospital, which he said was the main cause of maternal deaths in the area.
He said pregnant women were lured into consulting these prayer camps, instead of using the hospital.
He added that when the situation became critical, they rushed to the hospital and ended up dying due to various forms of complications.
Dr Brightson made this submission when a Foundation donated items to the Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the mothers, babies, as well as staff.
“The towns and villages on the mountains have their hospitals very far, so they make use of the prayer camps a lot. You can have a woman who has eclampsia, where her BP has gone so much high that her brain can no longer stand it so it begins to send wrong signals to the body and the body begins to shake. Now once those things begin to happen, they think that a certain Satan has possessed the woman and is shaking the woman’s body.
And they take the women to the prayer camps. The more you pray the more the woman’s condition becomes worse,” he stated.
Dr Brightson said there needs to be more collaboration with these prayer camps, because he believes ignorance also informs their activities with some of the pastors being so disrespectful to health officials at the hospital.
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