The Police Hospital and the 37 Military Hospital on New Year’s Day together recorded 37 new births of which 76 per cent were males.
Corporal Faustina Nunekpeku, the Public Relations Officer of the Police Hospital told the Ghana News Agency in Accra that the facility recorded 27 new births on New Year’s Day of which 21 were males; adding three of them were delivered through caesarean sections.
Mrs Cecilia A. Konadu, Deputy Director of Nursing Services (DDNS) at the Military Hospital said the facility chronicled 10 new babies on New Year’s Day; consisting of seven males and three females.
She observed that of the 10 babies, half were delivered through caesarean section.
She said the Maternity Department of the Hospital was being over stretched due to the large volume of referrals.
She also explained that maternity units in Accra were being over stretched due to the large volume of cases and therefore, appealed to government and corporate entities to help expand such facilities.
She advised expectant mothers to find someone to donate blood on their behalf to be stored to cater for emergencies during delivery when blood transfusion may be needed.
She advised expectant mothers to report quickly to the nearest health facility anytime they saw signs of labour or abnormality and appealed to corporate bodies to help stock the blood bank of the Hospital by organising regular blood donation exercises for them.
The DDNS advised mothers of new born babies to ensure that their babies were exclusively breast fed for the first six months, to enable them growth healthier.
She also urged them to ensure that their children go through all the vaccinations against the six childhood killer diseases within the first 18 months of their births.
She advised breastfeeding mothers to eat healthy foods and to have enough rest each day; adding that “they must report to the nearest clinic, anytime there is an abnormality”.