Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Kasese Residents Lack Antenatal care knowledge

News by E-Society Kasese Story by; Kasese Guide Radio

Health experts in Kasese District have called for more efforts in the mobilization of men to attend antenatal care with their pregnant wives.
This was resolved during a one day dissemination meeting of a report on the maternal and neonatal child health at the Rwenzori International Hotel.
Presenting the report, Mr. Ezakiel Bisogho Mughusu indicated that the health workers will never manage to counsel the couples when one is missing.
This follows after the Ministry of Health directed that all men accompany their wives to health units for antenatal care especially for HIV/AIDS testing.
But most men have declined to attend.
Mughusu said that the prevention of Mother to Child transmission cannot be realized since women fear to reveal the status to husbands.
The participants recommended that the health unit Incharges should strengthen the formation of family support groups where they can share matters of maternal and child health.
The District Health Officer Dr. Yusuf Baseka called for consorted efforts to fight poverty in homes so that sick children are easily taken for adequate medication.
He said that it is not easy for a family that fails to get a meal to manage transport to and from the health facility.
The workshop was attended by the Chairman LC3 of Mahango sub-county Mr. Stephen Muthekengwa.