Baby, Oh Baby

Meet the first baby born in Rwanda's new Butaro Hospital.
3:00 | 10/14/11

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Eight pound baby boy just ten minutes old and is yet on me. He's the first baby born into Tom -- hospital. A new state of the art facility that aims to transform health care in this remote part of northern -- one. His mother was brought here to give birth because her unborn baby was showing signs of respiratory distress. Something that the rural health centered near her home was ill equipped to handle. Although the big -- breathing is strained he's getting the level of care that can make the difference between life and death. -- for one to stop health officials says that quality care from trained staff means one thing fewer women are dying in child. Part of the would have ideas of school we had eight to death the date and -- And now we at pleasant one bit that -- even it's too much but that's mean that his program. Just a few years ago this district called -- had only one doctor and no hospital for its 340000. People. Most women gave birth at home with no qualified health provider or sterilized equipment. Too often the slightest complications led to the death of the baby and sometimes the mother is well. But now with the new hospital people in Barrera can expect a new standard in health care. It begins at the village level we -- volunteers known as community health workers. He encourage women to seek prenatal care. At the nearest health center. And to give birth there as well. If there are complications. The staff at the center send the mother to the hospital. And that system works not just for pregnant women. The Colorado has operating rooms and -- to treat a host of conditions. The country director of the US based nonprofit partners in health which paid most of the costs of the new hospital. Says it's a testament to the government's commitment to its people. One of the most remote communities and district settled for Wanda. Has you know really now flagship facility and I think that's emblematic of the government's commitments to. Really to social justice. Meanwhile preparations are underway for the first caesarean section. Another procedure that cannot be performed anywhere else in the district. All while the first baby born here lice peacefully nearby. Oblivious to the people and machines that are keeping him warm and healthy -- Gary Strieker global health Frontline news.

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