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ENRH celebrates lives of preterm infants

Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital has marked World Prematurity Day with a special ceremony which brought parents of premature babies to learn, share experiences and celebrate the lives of preterm babies.
Preterm babies are those born before completion of the 37th week of pregnancy. World Prematurity Day, observed annually on November 17, raises global awareness of the challenges for women and babies associated with preterm birth, and celebrates the lives of preterm infants. Preterm birth is a leading cause of death among children under five, with an estimated 15 million babies (one in ten) born prematurely worldwide every year.
The Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital has earmarked the whole month of November to create awareness about the condition. The global theme for this year is Small Actions, BIG IMPACT: Immediate Skin-to-Skin Care for Every Baby, Everywhere.
Making a demonstration of the kangaroo mother Care at a gathering of some parents of preterm babies at the conference hall of the hospital, a midwifery officer of the hospital Esi Panford explained the importance of skin to skin care and exclusive breastfeeding for preterm babies.
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According to her the skin-to –skin provides warmth and promotes bonding with the babies. She added that the method is beneficial for the baby’s growth, development and overall well-being.
A cake was cut to mark celebration of the day.
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Parents were treated to some refreshments and music.

Story by Stacy Adams:
PR Unit