Tufton urges preg­nant women to visit health cen­tres

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

MIN­IS­TER OF Health Dr Christo­pher Tufton has ap­pealed for preg­nant women to visit health cen­tres for the nec­es­sary pre­na­tal checks in or­der to en­sure a safe de­liv­ery.

He noted that there are ex­pec­tant moth­ers who are go­ing through nine months of preg­nancy, and only turn up at the hos­pi­tal when they are ready to give birth.

He said that in such in­stances, the doc­tor is left to per­form a de­liv­ery with­out know­ing the health risks, as there is no pro­file of the mother.

“The doc­tors won’t know whether the baby is pre­ma­ture, or if the baby is turned the wrong way, or if the mother has a par­tic­u­lar health con­di­tion,” he pointed out.

“We need to start tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for our health in this coun­try. It is very im­por­tant,” Tufton said.

He was de­liv­er­ing the key­note ad­dress at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Drug Serve Phar­macy at the Kit­son Town Health Cen­tre in St Cather­ine on Wed­nes­day.

Tufton noted that the fam­ily doc­tor, ob­ste­tri­cian or cer­ti­fied mid­wife at the clinic pro­vides ex­pec­tant moth­ers with com­pe­tent care from preg­nancy to birth that takes into ac­count their par­tic­u­lar health needs.


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