A total of 293 pregnant women in the Atiwa District of the Eastern Region have been offered free Ultrasound Scan Services by Devine Mother and Child Foundation, DMAC foundation, Non-Governmental Organization based in Koforidua, promoting maternal and Child health Care.

The Free mobile community outreach ultrasound scan project in Atiwa district lasted for four days in the various health centers within the district. 

According to the President of DMAC foundation, Edmund Atweri Duodu, said the first phase of the scan project which ended in the Atiwa district recorded high patronage compared to similar exercises held in Akwapim South, Ayensuano ,Suhum districts where 183,258 and 140 pregnant women were respectively offered free Ultrasound-Scan services.

He noted that most of the pregnant mothers comprising of 41% were between 10 – 24 years followed by 25 - 34 years, representing 40% and the Remaining above 35 years. 

Speaking to Brytfmonline news reporter, Ansah Sasraku, Edmund Duodu suggested that, public education, as well as family planning services, must be intensified by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) as well as all stakeholders to help clamp down on the increasing rate of teenage pregnancy in the district.

According to Edmund Duodu, the importance of Ultrasound-Scan in reducing maternal and Child mortality cannot be underestimated, adding that, "depending on the stage of pregnancy, scans helps to check the heartbeat of a baby, reveals either one is pregnant with one baby or twins or more, detect an ectopic pregnancy, where the embryo implants outside the womb, usually in the fallopian tube".  

  He also mentioned that, "it helps to detect possibility of bleeding during delivery or otherwise, accurate date your pregnancy by measuring your baby, assess your baby's risk of Down's syndrome by measuring fluid at the back of your baby’s neck at 11 weeks plus two days to 14 weeks plus one day (nuchal translucency (NT) scan), find out why a blood screening test was abnormal. Help with diagnostic tests, such as CVS or amniocentesis, by showing the position of the baby and placenta. Examine your baby to see if all his organs are normal.  

Diagnose most abnormalities, such as spine Bifida. Assess the amount of amniotic fluid you have and find out where the placenta lies".  

He, however, said these services are not available in most health centers in the district to offer pregnant women its numerous advantages.  

  At Awenare health center, 71 pregnant women were scanned, 67 scanned at Kwarbeng, in Kadowaso, 14 pregnant women also benefited whilst 141 pregnant women were scanned at Abomosu.  

He hinted that the next phase would commence again from Akwapim south next month.   

  Edmund Duodu, Public Health Nurse with the Ghana Health Service, said the first phase of the project has been successfully executed in the district and his team is looking forward to the second phase of the project to take place in the shortest time.  

The project is sponsored by Vodafone Ghana Foundation and Joy Industries Limited with support from the Ghana Health Services.  

    Date | Aug 10, 2015  

Source | Ansah Sasraku – Brytfmonline.com