The 37th Military And Police Hospitals Record 37 Christmas Babies

The 37th Military Hospital and the Police Hospital in Accra together chronicled 37 new born babies on both Christmas and Boxing Days.

Within the Christmas festivity period, the 37th Military Hospital recorded a total of 17 new births; while the Police Hospital had 20.

Lieutenant Colonel Joyce S. Akatu, the Nursing Officer in-charge of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department at the 37th Military Hospital, told the Ghana News Agency in Accra that the Hospital recorded seven new births through natural birth on Christmas Day of which three were females.

She said on Boxing Day a total of 10 new births were recorded at the Hospital, four of which were through caesarian section.

Lt Col Akatu advised expectant mothers to quickly report to the nearest health facility once they sensed any sign of labour; explaining that delay in reporting to health facilities sometimes led to birth complications.

The Nursing Officer recounted that this year, an expectant mother who after going through diagnosis and was supposed to be delivered through a caesarian section, however, followed her (the expectant mother) pastor’s advised and refused to go through it; and eventually lost the baby.

Lt Col Akatu appealed to religious leaders to pray for expecting mothers; and to desist from interfering with recommendations of medical science.

She advised the new mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months to ensure that they grow healthy.

Corporal Faustina Afia Nunekpeku, Public Relations Officer of the Police Hospital, said on Christmas and Boxing Days, the Hospital recorded 20 new births, of which eight were males.

She said two girls and a male were delivered through caesarian sections.