Medics have urged men to accompany their expectant spouses for antenatal care visits to hospitals.
“Male involvement in antenatal care is to help the couple get to know their wellbeing when they get tested for HIV, Hepatitis and syphilis but the man gets to know how to care for the pregnant spouse. The man will get to know what the pregnant spouse needs to eat, dress and above all to help him with chores at home,” said Elizabeth Mutesi, the nurse in charge of antenatal and postnatal clinics Kawempe Referral Hospital in Kampala.
Speaking as Travelport Uganda distributed over 200 mama kits to teenage pregnant women at the hospital on Thursday.
Mutesi explained that men accompanying their spouses helps the latter get comforted in regards the care they receive from their lovers.
This she said helps in safe delivery.
“In knowing how to provide for the pregnant woman and escorting her for antenatal visits, it helps in a good understanding of each other at home. The man will get to know how the women are feeling while pregnant and will assist her out.”