[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) successfully delivered 6,085 bouncing babies during the year 2014. A total of 6,179 were delivered however, 94 of these were still births.
The hospital in a release stated that of these deliveries 1,332 were born to teenage mothers ranging from under 14 to 19 years old. Annually, GPHC records the largest number of births because it covers the largest catchment area. This can also be attributed to the fact that the facility serves as the country’s national referral hospital, to which complicated pregnancies are referred.
In addition, deliveries at the hospital in December last surpassed the other months with a total of 610 babies being delivered in that month alone. From December 24, 2014 to January 1, 2015 there was also a spike in deliveries as 168 mothers gave birth at the hospital.
Unfortunately in 2014, the hospital said there were 11 maternal deaths, five of which were referrals sent to institution due to complications. Sadly, 19-year-old Marina Persaud was the last expecting mother to lose her life in 2014 at the facility.
GPHC’s maternity ward admitted 9,735 patients for 2014. It is to be noted that pregnant women are sometimes admitted to the hospital for observation though they may not necessarily meet delivery time, the hospital said.
Further, the hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynaecology Antenatal Clinic also saw a total of 10,813 women. These statistics do not include that of the Kitty, Campbellville and Industry Health Centers or that of the Enmore Poly clinic which also attends pregnant women and is managed by the GPHC.
The hospital extended condolences to the bereaved families of all the women who passed away as a result of complications sustained during child birth. The hospital also reiterated its commitment to the public.