MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA — dr. Mohammad Komarudin, the President Director of RS PKU Muhammadiyah Kota Yogyakarta, highlighted the global issue of 13.4 million annual premature births, with a distressing 10% fatality rate among these infants. Premature babies are also susceptible to vision and hearing issues, making prematurity the primary cause of death in children under five.
To combat premature births, the Muhammadiyah Central Board of ‘Aisyiyah collaborated with the Leo and Mia Foundation for a program on preventing premature births at RS PKU Muhammadiyah Kota Yogyakarta on Thursday, August 31, with 50 participants consisting of mothers with premature babies, postpartum mothers, pregnant women, and women of childbearing age.
“It is essential to promote the premature birth presentation and care to public, particularly healthcare service users at RS PKU Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta. It aims to raise public awareness of the premature birth prevention and care,” said dr. Komarudin.
Furthermore, a Program Officer from ‘Aisyiyah’s Premature Baby Prevention and Care Program, Lidia, mentioned that the partnership has been running for three years and is currently in its third phase. In addition to RS PKU Muhammadiyah Kota Yogyakarta, the program extends to RS ‘Aisyiyah Muntilan and RSU ‘Aisyiyah Ponorogo.
Lidia stressed the importance of balanced nutrition for pregnant women, and to support this, nutrition kits were provided during the program by ‘Aisyiyah and the Leo and Mia Foundation, benefiting both pregnant women and those with a history of prematurity.
“We firmly believe that, by maintaining excellent nutritional status during the pre-pregnancy and pregnancy stages, we can ensure the birth of a healthy baby,” said Lidia.
The program included a session by Dr. Mohammad Komarudin, Sp.A., on Maternal Screening for Preventing Prematurity, and Siti Arifah, S.Kep.,Ns.,M.Kep., a nurse from the NICU at RS PKU Kota Yogyakarta, who talked about Health Services for Premature Cases at RS PKU Muhammadiyah Kota Yogyakarta.