A team of two medical doctors at the West Gonja Hospital led by the medical superintendent of the Hospital, Dr Jonathan Wadeyir Abesig, on Wednesday successfully delivered triplet belonging to a young couple.
According to the doctors at the facility, the children – a female and two males – who were delivered through a Cesarean section are very sound.
But their parents said they are worried since they already have five children and were expecting only one child.
Their father, Lesseini Ngnegeini, 36, and a peasant farmer from Sumpinin, a suburb of Damongo, and his wife, Lesseini Kande, 34, told JoyNews that they do not have the financial muscle to cater for eight children.
They, therefore, pleaded to the public and organisations to come to their aid.
Mr Ngnegeini said, “We prayed to Allah to add one boy making it six children, but they came together as three in one birth. So how do my wife and I feed all of the children? So it’s a problem for us now.”
“My wife was crying when the doctors told her that the children were three because we know we are not financially capable of taking care of them. So, I am very worried, and so, I need institutions and other groups and individuals to come to our come and support us,” he added.
Dr Wadeyir Abesig and his colleague, Dan-Beck Powell, who took care of Lesseini Kande, recounted their eight months journey with her.
According to the doctors, she reported to the hospital with a complaint of missing her period.
“And just like a routine antenatal, we had to do a scan. The first scan, which is usually the most appropriate to pick up multiple gestations, initially diagnosed the woman with twins.
“Then she came back complaining of not feeling fine and there, we admitted her and repeated the scan and the results showed that she was carrying triplets,” Dr Wadeyir Abesig said.
“So, we kept on monitoring her and when she got better, we sent her home and were seeing her at the antenatal. We brought her in when she has gone beyond 30 weeks of her pregnancy.
“So, she spent four weeks in the ward, and we delivered her by Cesarean section and all the babies, one female, and two males, are doing very well at the NICUM,” he said.
Doctor Jonathan also explained that pregnancies of such nature do not usually reach the normal nine months, hence the need to avoid vagina bleeding and other complications.
When JoyNews visited the NICUM unit, the three babies were all kept in a single incubator with two other babies belonging to two separate mothers, also sharing one incubator.
The Medical Superintendent of the hospital admitted that the hospital is facing logistics challenges, hence improvising the incubators they have available.
“We just have two incubators, and as you would have realised, we have over six babies on admission, and all of them need ICUM services. So even though we know it’s not the ideal situation, we have to share the incubators for these babies,” he said.
“So, it’s an area we really need help and we are appealng to all Ghanaians, NGOs and development partners to come to our aid with NICUM facilities because UNICEF has supported us and let me add that, the parents of these babies (the triplets) equally need support to take care of them.”
Meanwhile, the midwife in charge of the maternity ward, Linda Afaah, confirmed the couple’s fears.
She said after the scan, they (nurses) told Mrs Kande that “she was having three babies, and she broke down in tears.
“She was crying because she already has five children at home and meaning they are going into more troubles,” she stated.
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