Nutritionist Samuel Atuahene Antwi has urged mothers and caregivers of toddlers not to stop taking their children to child welfare clinics even after they turn two. Speaking at a health promotion dialogue, “Your Health! Our Collective Responsibility,”
Antwi explained that although such children are still expected to be seen at the centres for the necessary care and observation every six months until they turn five, mothers and caregivers abruptly stopped taking the vaccines.
Antwi emphasized that continued visits to the child welfare centres help health providers pick up and detect some defects in the children for early interventions. He explained that defects are especially related to developmental stages such as speech, walking, and others.
The ‘weighing’ also helps in growth monitoring and promotion, as the child’s weight would be checked and plotted on the gender-appropriate graph to check for normal growth or any deviations.
Antwi bemoaned the behaviour of some mothers when they send their children to the welfare clinic, saying “some mothers come appearing too busy and only want the child to be measured quickly for them to leave.” He reminded them that the clinic was not only for weighing but also for counselling on proper childcare.
The future of children depends on the kind of care they receive in their childhood. Mothers receive training on how to properly feed the child, both during the exclusive breastfeeding period and during complimentary feeding. Family planning services, food demonstrations, hygiene, use of mosquito nets, and birth certificates are also provided at these clinics.