Prof. Mrs. Esi Awuah has advice women to quit smoking and drinking of alcohol when they are pregnant.

Prof Esi-Awuah, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Energy and
Natural Resources (UENR) was speaking on the Topic; “Women Right, Supporting Children and Building Capacity for Women” at a Women’s Day Ceremony which was part of the 2014 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC) in Sunyani, capital of the Brong Ahafo Region.

She said smoking while pregnant exposes a woman and her unborn child to an increased risk of health problems.

News Hunter Magazine has learnt that, A woman who smokes while
pregnant is at increased risk of a wide range of problems including
ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage and premature labour. Women who smoke are twice as likely to give birth to a low birth weight baby compared to non-smokers. Low birth weight babies are at greater risk of death and are more vulnerable to infection, other health problems such as breathing difficulties and long-term health problems in adulthood.
The more cigarettes smoked during pregnancy, the greater the risk of
complications.

She added that, it’s an offense to deny their children right to
education: “they should have access to education up to the senior high school level”.

Women were advised against descrimination and also spendings on unnecessary things, She adivised them to use such budget to sponsor their childrens education.

Mrs Sarah Adams, Head of the Psychiatric Unit of the Sunyani Municipal Hospital, disclosed that female adolecents nowadays, reach their menstruational periods as early at age ten (10), due to the kind of foods they consume (e.g sugery foods and also the side effects of applying fertilizers on our food crops.)

She also advice women to control their birth by heeding to family
planning measures.

Compiled By: Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku (MR. KOK)

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