Dora Nginza celebrates Prem Awareness Day

2016-11-23 06:01
< Matron Nomkhangiso Jezile with some of the former prem babies born at Dora Nginza hospital. Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

< Matron Nomkhangiso Jezile with some of the former prem babies born at Dora Nginza hospital. Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

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PORT Elizabeths’ Dora Nginza hospital celebrated International Prem Awareness Day last Thursday, November 17.

This was an important day to highlight the plight of babies born prematurely.

According to Principal Specialist Paediatrician, Dr Farhaad Khan, the day is not only aimed at highlighting the problem but also to create awareness on the fact that it can be prevented.

Dr Khan added that they also wanted to highlight the good work done by the Dora Nginza hospital personnel, which is rarely recognised.

Dora Nginza Hospital, which houses a Maternal and Child Specialist Unit, delivers about 1 200 babies a month.

Some of these babies are born prematurely and need to be kept in an incubator for up to eight weeks or more, according to the hospital authorities.

“The problem is exacerbated by pregnant teenage mothers – some who are malnourished themselves - pregnant women not attending clinic and not taking the right medication before the birth of their children and alcohol and drug abuse among pregnant women,” said Dr Khan.

The Neonatal Department’s matron Nomkhangiso Jezile reminded the mothers of the importance of breastfeeding, adding that their milk was high in vitamins which are good for the children’s intellectual capacity and healthy living.

Matron Jezile said, “According to the Tshwane 2011 Declaration, the Minister of Health urged all institutions with a Neonatal Unit to have a Human Milk Bank and Kangaroo Mother Care Unit. We, at Dora Nginza Hospital, have those and we are very proud of it.”

Speakers included physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians and social workers who work together at the hospital to ensure that premature babies receive the treatment, love and care required to grow healthy as normal babies.

Highly emotional mothers whose children saw the light of day at the hands of the Dora Nginza hospital maternity wards’ staff, told beautiful stories of how the members of staff, from doctors to nurses in their different capacities, helped them with their babies.

“We brought some of these mothers to come and tell their stories in order to encourage new mothers,” said Dr Khan.

He thanked the following sponsors: Entangled Freedom Bike Club, V8 Club of PEOTR, Gondocraft, Despatch Superspar, Concorde Bakery, Despatch, Susan se Kos, Despatch, FigTree Superpar, Sunridge Superspar, Little Big Soul, Debonairs, Kenako, Sandwich Shop, RCA, Veronica and Amanda Shaw, Woodlands Diary and Dora Nginza doctors and staff, for making the event a resounding success.


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