Tema General Hospital records 11 ‘Kwashiorkor’ deaths in 2023

The Tema General Hospital documented a total of 11 deaths among children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), popularly known as Kwashiorkor, in 2023.

Date Created : 2/9/2024 12:00:00 AM : Story Author : Laudia Sawer/

The Hospital is the only referral health facility in Tema and its environs with an in-patient care facility for the management of SAM among children under the age of five.

Ms. Joyce Asare Kissi, the Head of the Nutrition Unit at the Hospital, disclosed this in an interview on Thursday.

The deaths were not only in-patient care for Severe Acute malnourished children but also those who had been discharged but died within a few days, she said.

The 11 were referrals from other facilities that needed advance care, comprising three each from Tema Newtown and Kpone-Katamanso, one each from Ashaiman Township, Ashaiman-Jericho, Dawhenya, and Tema Communities 25 and 22.

Ms. Kissi said Kwashiorkor was still a health problem among children aged zero to five, which some unfortunately attributed to spiritual and cultural beliefs.

That delayed seeking medical care for the children until the situation worsened and other medical conditions set it, said noted.

The Nutritionist, therefore, advised parents and carers to have time for their children and feed them with the needed nutritional foods to ensure good health and prevent kwashiorkor.

Falling victims to the disease put them at a higher risk of getting some childhood illnesses, which may result in death.

She advised parents whose children were being managed for Kwashiorkor at home with therapeutic milk, or the Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food, to stick to the instructions of their nutritionists to prevent a relapse, complications, and death.