Neonatal Jaundice: Tema pregnant women face the reality of curtailed pre-natal care

Medical professionals at the Tema Polyclinic have raised concerns over the challenges of the health facility with regard to the treatment of neonatal jaundice.

The Tema Polyclinic serves about 800 pregnant mothers each year but do not have Phototherapy machines to properly manage Neonatal Jaundice.

These machines are essential in treating the condition that affects newborn babies. 

So far, attempts by the hospital to set up a facility has been unsuccessful.

In an attempt to help with the provision of quality prenatal care, Sinel Specialist Hospital is raising funds to support the Tema Polyclinic with a Phototherapy Centre.

Chief Executive Officer and Gynaecologist Obstetrician at the Sinel Specialist Hospital Dr. Michael McCarthy, in Accra, called on groups and individuals to help provide the Phototherapy Unit to aid in the treatment of jaundice.

On why Sinel Specialist Hospital had decided to lead the charge, he said: “When a community gives you an environment to thrive, it’s only natural to want to give back.

“Nothing is more important than ensuring that babies born in Tema have the right start to grow by providing them with essential health interventions.”

Neonatal Jaundice occurs when the colour of the skin and eyes of the baby begins to look yellowish within the first 28 days of birth.

Research shows that about 57-70% of newborns would be diagnosed with neonatal jaundice.


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