Joana Yorke Amoah, midwife in charge of the Neonatal Unit at the Eastern Regional Hospital, has expressed concern about the rising number of cases of men abandoning new mothers and babies at the hospital when medical bills are presented to them after delivery.
She claims that the situation has left many new mothers stranded in the hospital, unable to pay their medical bills or even purchase basic baby necessities.
She emphasized that financial stress makes postpartum depression management more difficult, so midwives at the hospital mostly contribute to helping such new mothers in need.
Joana Yorke Amoah, on the other hand, hastened to add that hospital management, through the Department of Social Welfare, intervenes in such situations to ensure stranded mothers are released under terms and conditions to avoid continuous detention.
“When it comes to finances, their husbands don’t show up. They [men] simply come and dump them here, then leave. We take their phone numbers and call them, but they do not return our calls. We occasionally feed them. “Because the hospital doesn’t have enough to support them, we’re telling them that as soon as they know they’re going to deliver, they should prepare so they don’t face some of these challenges,” she explained.
The concerned midwife went on to say that some men believe that childbirth is free, especially if their National Health Insurance card is active.
“So far as they say insurance they think that when they come they won’t pay anything so they come just like that”.
“Some of them are insured. It is only a few who do not have, and sometimes they are not well prepared when asked, because the money they have is insufficient. They are unable to pay their bills, so we sometimes encourage them to deposit what they have and then call family members to come and pay the rest for them. “We also refer them to social welfare who come to their aid not only paying for them but also contacting their family members to support,” the Midwife said when MTN Ghana delivered expensive hampers to babies born on Christmas Day at major hospitals across the country as part of its annual Yello Care initiative.
On December 25, 2022, nine new babies were born at the Eastern Regional Hospital, six (6) of whom were delivered via Cesarean Section.
The Yello Care team visited Koforidua SDA Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital to continue distributing hampers to new mothers and babies born on Christmas Day.
Mohammed Haruna Yamba, in charge of mobile money in the Eastern region, stated that a total of 25 hampers containing baby essentials were donated in the Eastern region, but 500 hampers were distributed in 40 hospitals nationwide.
He urged new mothers to take good care of their babies and to prioritize their education in order to end the societal quagmire of poverty.