Infant Mortality Sixteen babies die in Asonomaso Government Hospital

The Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr Imrana Mahama said sixteen premature babies have died in the past eight months because the facility does not have an incubator.

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In the past eight months, sixteen premature babies have died at the Asonomaso Government Hospital in the Kwabre East District of Ashanti Region.

This is because the health facility which serves as a referral centre in the Kwabre East District has no incubator.

The Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr Imrana Mahama told Accra-based 3FM that if the facility had at least one incubator it would help reduce the mortality rate at the hospital.

“Being a district hospital, we need equipped laboratory. Currently, we have to send patients from here to KATH for lab test which is not encouraging because of the long distance. Also, the absence of ambulance and incubators have led to several deaths among premature babies”

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This trend has become a worrying one to the medical officers of the facility. According to them, this is a blockade to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal on health especially the aspect of reducing child mortality.

Dr Mahama indicated that they have been forced to transfer premature babies to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to be incubated.

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He called for an infrastructural expansion to help reduce the rate of infant mortality and also develop the health facility to the status of a district hospital.

The Asonomaso Government Hospital has recorded an increasing number of patients. The daily basis has increased from 50 to about 200.

Dr Mahama, therefore, called for an expansion of the Out-Patient Department and wards as well.

All in-patients share the same ward irrespective of their age and gender. Dr Mahama said this exposes the patients to cross-infection.

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