Anorectal Malformation More babies being born without anus - Doctors say

Head of Pediatrics Unit at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Dr Michael Amoah said at least three babies undergo surgery to correct the abnormality at the facility every month.

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Ghana is experiencing an increased number of babies born with no visible anal opening, doctors at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in the Ashanti Region have said.

Head of Pediatrics Unit at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Dr Michael Amoah said at least three babies undergo surgery to correct the abnormality at the facility every month.

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Anorectal Malformation, or Imperforate Anus, is a spectrum of abnormalities of the rectum and anus.

Affected persons need immediate surgery to create an opening for the passage of stool.

In the case of a female, stool may be allowed to pass through the genitals until corrective surgery is performed.

Speaking to Kumasi-based Luv FM, Dr Amoah said the situation, which can affect other parts of the body, has reached an alarming point and has therefore called for intensive antenatal interventions.

Health experts say nutritional deficiencies and chemical contamination are among the causes of the disease.

However, common among them is the folic acid deficiency, Dr Amoah has said.

He explained that “If the folic acid level in the blood is not up a certain minimum required level then the foetus stands the chance of being born with this condition.”

Dr Amoah further cautioned pregnant women against excessive drinking and smoking as these could contribute to them giving birth to babies with Anorectal Malformation.

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