VP urges expectant mothers to attend clinic with spouses

Vice-President, Dr Philip Mpango has urged expectant mothers to attend antenatal clinics while accompanied by their spouses in  joint follow-ups of health progress for safe child delivery.

He said attending antenatal clinic services together can prevent problems, including miscarriage and premature birth, among others.

The VP made the call on Thursday during handing over of medical equipment to help premature born babies at Buhigwe District Hospital in Kigoma Region.

The equipment were donated by the Doris Mollel Foundation in collaboration with the Fair Competition Commission (FCC).

He told people to shun from Gender Based Violence (GBV), noting that such malpractice can affect mental and physical development of unborn babies.

Dr Mpango used the occasion to call upon religious and government leaders to cooperate on reporting gender violence acts carried out against the expectant mothers for legal procedures including taking culprits to court.

He urged husbands to avoid frustrating their pregnant wives, saying stress and depression is another cause of premature delivery among women in the country.

“I call upon all development stakeholders including musicians, football players and filmmakers to come in big numbers to support the government efforts on safeguarding premature babies,”   VP Mr Mpango said.

He urged citizens to ensure that expectant mothers eat balanced diet that is rich of nutrients.

In another occasion, Dr Mpango said that the government was planning to build a referral hospital to serve residents from the Western regions with status similar to the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH).

He revealed the government plan when he graced the launching of Bwami Dubai Hotel in Kasulu Kigoma.

Dr Mpango said the hospital would help to reduce the burden that Benjamin Mkapa Hospital and Muhimbili National Hospital currently shoulder.

On her part, Deputy Minister for Health, Dr Godwin Mollel said Kigoma Region has received 49bn/- for the purchase of modern hospital equipment and improvement of healthcare infrastructure for quality health services provision to Kigoma residents.

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