GPHC receives fetal monitors from Help the Kids Organisation

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One of the fetal monitor’s donated to GPHC
One of the fetal monitor’s donated to GPHC

[www.inewsguyana.com] – In an effort to better enable doctors and nurses of Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) to examine pregnant women and their babies the Guyana Help the Kids (GHTK) organisation recently donated eight electronic fetal monitors to the hospital.

According to a media release from the Hospital, the monitors which cost approximately $3.6 M, will be used to detect if fetuses have normal heart rate patterns during the last few months of pregnancy or during labour.

It was noted that monitoring a baby’s heart rate is integral to the process of a successful delivery since this allows doctors to recognise if there are any complications developing during pregnancy and also determine whether a baby should be delivered early vaginally or through an emergency cesarean section.  Training sessions for doctors and nurses on how to properly use the machines are ongoing.

Staff of Georgetown Public Hospital Maternity Ward with Vice President of GHTK, Dr. Andrea Hunter first right and a patient attached to the fetal monitor
Staff of Georgetown Public Hospital Maternity Ward with Vice President of GHTK, Dr. Andrea Hunter first right and a patient attached to the fetal monitor

Over the last few years, there have been a number of collaborations between GPHC and GHTK specifically in the obstetric department. For instance, this has seen GHTK starting a program to train Guyanese doctors to become Pediatricians as well as a program to train nurses to specialise in caring for neonates and newborn babies still continuing.  

The GPHC receives all women with high risk obstetric pregnancies from across the country, with over 8000 admissions per year and 5500 deliveries. GHTK is a registered Canadian charity with the goal of decreasing the neonatal and infant mortality in developing countries, particularly in Guyana.

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