[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.
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.