The Obuasi Municipal Health Directorate, has celebrated World prematurity day on the theme, "Together for babies born too soon-caring for the future".
The day which is celebrated in November, is set aside each year to put spotlight on over 15 million born prematurely.
Prematurity also known as Preterm, according to the Medical Superintendent at the Obuasi Government Hospital, Dr. Kwadwo Nyarko- Jectey, also a victim of Prematurity, explained Preterm as a child born in less than 37 weeks – 40 weeks. Preterm is also a leading cause of death among new-born babies.
According to Dr. Jectey, Preterm is a global issue and can't be eliminated, but rather can be reduced, as it is the target of Ghana Newborn Care strategy and Action plan, as well as the Sustainable Development Goal target to reduce Prematurity in 2030.
He added that, when Prematurity occurs, the hospital does it best to help the child survive, even though the best way is to help reduce the risk of losing the child's life by using incubator.
Currently, the hospital is not having these incubators due to it cost, but has gotten the knowledge to help these preterm babies survive by providing a resuscitation area where heat is been produced to help the babies survive, since their survival depends on heat and oxygen.
Dr. Kwadjo Nyarko Jectey, pleaded with stakeholders to come to their aid with incubators and other medical equipment like Scanning machine, as currently the hospital has only three resuscitation area to help sustain the babies.
Still on his request, he urged the media to give them some free airtime or some minutes on their shows to help educate the public, even though they are doing their best as health practitioners by educating the rural indigenes on Preterm.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Obuasi Municipal, Kweku Agyemang Kwarteng, speaking from the Government side, said he would ensure that spotlight are been thrown more on Preterm in terms of educating the public.
He added that, the newly on-going ultra-modern maternity hospital, will have the number of incubators, but in the meantime, there will be an engagement with the hospital management to know what the government can also do to help curb the situation, as they awaits the ultra-modern hospital.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Elijah Adansi-Bonnah, also urged the men to support their spouses in their pregnancy and also escort them when coming for antenatal care to also educate them on pregnancy issues.
He advised the congregation made up of Parents with preterm babies and pregnant women, to be ambassadors of Prematurity.
Mr Bonnah, ended by saying the municipal assembly is always willing to offer a helping hand to the hospital whenever they call on them.
The World Premature day is mostly celebrated on November 17, but due to some circumstances beyond the control of the Obuasi Health Directorate celebrated, it was celebrated on November 25.