Two of the five Kakamega babies unstable, but under special care
SEE ALSO :Hospital halts service to inmates“Evelyn Namukhula was referred with her five new-borns (three girls, two boys) and it is important to state the manner in which the babies were transported. Referring hospitals should be done in a particular manner with focus given on their health and safety. The five babies arrived when they were already cold,” he said. He added: “As part of giving feedback to our referral facilities, they need to relook into how they transport the babies, they should have been brought in one or two ambulances that are well oxygenated and kept warm,” Aruasa however noted that the mother and the babies are being closely monitored by the dedicated specialized staff at MTRH. “Out of the five babies, two are unstable and require medical attention and treatment. The smallest of them all weighs 820 grams while the biggest has 1.4 kilograms and are currently at the nursery where they are on drips and topic feeds,” he said. Dr. Eric Ngetich observed that that survival rate of babies born 31 weeks of their gestation period ranges from 50 to 75 percent.
SEE ALSO :Five MTRH employees freed in fraud caseAruasa said the staff have been encouraging the mother to express her milk so that the babies can share the breast milk. Dr. Wycliffe Kosgei head of obstetrics said the mother is recuperating after undergoing a major caesarean surgery during the birth of the babies. “Due to the major operation, she is anemic and we will have to transfuse her along with embark on physiotherapy besides guiding her on healthy balanced diet,” he added. Namukhula 28, pleaded with well-wishers to come to her aid saying the babies are a blessing but currently facing finance challenges in raising them. “I do not have anything to offer to the five babies and my plea is to the citizens of our country to assist me in any way they can,” she said at her hospital bed.
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