Chief Executive Officer of Child and Associates a Child care non-governmental Organisation, Dr. Juliet Tuakli says about 80% of all premature babies that do not survive are from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Juliet Tuakli, who was speaking in a panel discussion on the July 16th edition of “The Standpoint”, a talk show programme on Ghana Television, proposed constant medical training for all health workers in the area of premature birth management.
She said physicians are missing the essential positive inputs of extra care that these defenseless babies need. According to her, “premature babies are sensitive to stimuli. They need more positive stimuli such as stroking and massaging which are very important. This is the side of medicine that physicians overlook”, she lamented.
Mrs. Yvonne Igweh , Chief Executive Officer of Little Big Souls, another Child Care NGO who was also a guest on the show reinforced the need for education stating the importance of training traditional birth attendants and community health workers. “Majority of preterm babies die quietly and unrecognized in homes” hence the need to train these workers to help rural folks.
Mrs Igweh called for collaboration between doctors in Africa and those abroad to share ideas in relation to the management of these births. In her concluding statements, Dr Tuakli encouraged mothers of premature babies to seek education and support, stressing that “the best protection a preterm baby has is an empowered educated mother who knows how to recognize signs of infection.”
-David Apinga/Focus fm, KNUST/ Kumasi