Husbands urged to support pregnant wives

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Husbands have been asked to give strong support to their pregnant wives.

They have also been urged to encourage their wives to go for antenatal care.

In the same light, they have been told to accompany their wives as well when they are due for antenatal visits.

They should provide them with emotional, psychological and financial assistance.

It is the policy of the Ghana Health Service that women who attended Antenatal Care with their husbands are attended to first.

This is to encourage men to accompany their expectant wives to clinics during antenatal visits.

It was revealed during this year’s midyear review of the Eastern Regional Health Directorate that most of the deaths that occur during pregnancy and child birth could have been prevented.

Antenatal care is one sure way of curbing such deaths.

Mr. Ameyaw Kwarkye, a Physician Assistant at the Ofoase Health Centre, made the call at a public maternal health education campaign held at Gyadam in the Asante-Akim South Municipality.

This came on the heels of the recent death of a pregnant woman from the community.

The woman died at the Juaso District Hospital and the medical professionals at the facility are convinced her life could have been saved, if she had been attending antenatal clinic.

Mr. Kwarkye said it was important men took keen interest in the health of their partners, expecting a baby.

He added that they monitored the progress of the pregnancy and said it was completely unacceptable for any woman to lose their lives during child birth.

Madam Monica Appiah, a Midwife at Banka Health Centre, asked Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) to encourage pregnant women to patronize health facilities to avoid complications during delivery.

She spoke of the decision by the health directorate to reward TBAs through whose efforts the lives of pregnant women would be saved.

This is to encourage best practices by the TBAs

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