The Paediatric Division of the 37 Military Hospital in collaboration with the Paediatric Society of Ghana (PSG), have sensitized mothers of newborn babies on the effect of Neonatal Jaundice on Tuesday, 25 May 2021 at the premises of the Paediatric Out- Patient Department (POPD) in Accra.
The Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Paediatric Division of the 37 Military Hospital, Dr Emmanuel Parbie Abbeyquaye, launching the programme disclosed that, Neonatal Jaundice was a common condition that affects about 50% of newborn babies worldwide and if not managed appropriately could cause permanent disability or death in children. He mention some symptoms of jaundice which included yellow eyes and change in skin colour to yellow.
The OIC, POPD indicated that, the campaign would be extended to some selected departments of the hospital such as the Maternity, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Nkrumah ward and the Despite unit on subsequent days to climax the campaign on Friday, 28 May 2021.
He said it was his hope that mothers of newborn babies as well as the general public would be well informed about the condition to report early to any health facility near them when it occurs.
Different local languages such as Ga, Twi, Hausa, Ewe and the English languages were used to communicate for a better understanding. Pregnant women, lactating mothers as well as the general public were advised to seek early treatment for their babies.
Some nurses and Doctors were present during the sensitization programme.