As part of moves to help reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in Ghana, the Suntreso Government Hospital in Kumasi has held a Baby Show at the premises of the hospital.
The show was to mark the end of the child health promotion week focused on care for babies under the theme “Good life starts right with Abrabopa.”
The hospital nominated and rewarded mothers who have stuck religiously to their medications and post natal routines.
A Public health nurse with the Suntreso government hospital Rachael Nyama Obeng who spoke to Ultimate News was confident the ceremony will motivate other mothers to keep up with medications and instructions the hospital advocates for baby care.
“We want to motivate the mothers to continue to take good care of their children and to continue coming for their immunizations and medications to ensure the healthy growth of their children. So we did this program to honour some of the mothers who have actually taken good care of their children, their eating, exclusive breastfeeding and their immunization,” Mrs Nyama Obeng reiterated.
Some of the mothers who picked up top spots in compliance to post natal medications shared good testimonies about how helpful their adherence to post natal clinical attendance has been beneficial to them and their babies.
Advising mothers, the ultimate winner of the awards, Rosemary Safo, said her motivation for attending her antenatal and postnatal sessions regularly had paid off in keeping herself and her children hale and hearty.
“There are several pieces of advice we get when we visit our antenatal and post natal clinics and if all mother pay heed to it, the children grow healthy and strong. My future pastor is very healthy and he feeds well as a result of heeding basic tips I get from the hospital,” elated Rosemary said.
The head of health information for the Bantama Sub Metro of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) Dominic Nyarko noted that the country will be saving several young children if nursing mothers deem post natal care a priority.
He indicated that paediatric centres have been well equipped to conduct a myriad of tests and examinations on babies to give expert advice when any peculiar condition is detected in both the mothers and their newborns.