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Health News of Thursday, 13 May 2021

Source: 3news.com

Officials deny there's increase in birth anomalies in Aowin, W/N

A mother with her baby lying on a bench A mother with her baby lying on a bench

The Western North Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service has denied reports of increasing trend in birth anomalies in the Western North Region.

According to a press release on Wednesday, May 12, data available do not confirm the reports.

Media reports last week made rounds that the Aowin Municipality of the Western North Region, precisely the Sewum Health Centre, was recording increasing trends in birth defects.

But the press release issued by the Regional Director of Health, Dr Marion Okoh-Owusu, said only two cases of birth anomalies have been reported in Aowin in 2021 so far and none at Sewum Health Centre.
“In 2020, there was no case of birth defect at Sewum Health Centre but a total of three cases of birth anomalies were reported in the entire Aowin Municipality.

“From the above, and data available to us at the Western North Region, there is no increasing trend in birth anomalies at Sewum Health Centre, Aowin Municipality or at Western North Region.”

The earlier reports attributed the trend to the activities of small-scale illegal miners.

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