Dr Prosper Igboeli, a gynaecologist, has advocated for early ultrasound scan examination for pregnant women, for proper management of congenital abnormalities.
Igboeli, the Managing Director of M and M Hospital, Fertility and IVF Centre, stated this in an interview on Monday in Abuja.
He said that early ultrasound scan examination in their first trimester would help detect any congenital abnormalities, which could occur in any conception.
“I think it is a good thing that we are increasingly becoming aware that congenital anomalies are part and parcel of an environment, we know that congenital anomalies occur naturally in about two to three per cent of all pregnancies.”
“Congenital abnormalities is a frequent complication of all conceptions everywhere in the world, it is not only in Nigeria.”
Igboeli said early access to health care for pregnant women was essential, as such would enable the health facility prepare for emergencies that might occur.
He advised that when any abnormality is discovered, the woman should be referred to a medical facility that has capacity, capability and infrastructure to handle such things.
“So women who are pregnant should get a least one ultrasound in a good ultrasound centre that can quickly pick up abnormalities and then transfer the care to a medical facility that has capacity, capability and infrastructure to handle these things.
“It is not when you deliver somebody in Kafanchan and there is no medical centre in Kafanchan and before they take that child from Kafanchan to Ahmadu Bello University, a lot of things must have transpired, leading to increased morbidity for the particular condition, if it is a correctable condition.”
He called for an improved pre-natal management in the country, saying that centres taking care of pregnant women should be equipped with a good ultrasound scan.
The WHO advocates that detection and treatment of congenital disorders can be promoted through the implementation of pre-natal screening for congenital disorders, particularly through ultrasonographical examination and neonatal screening programmes.
It also called for the training of primary care providers in the diagnosis of congenital abnormalities and appropriate referral for treatment of infants with congenital disorders.
According to the WHO, treatment options would include in utero therapy and postnatal surgical corrections. (NAN)