The Aowin District of the Western North Region is recording a high number of births where the babies come out without eyes, nose, ears and mouth.
This, according to the medical staff at the Sewum Health Centre, is a result of illegal mining activities, popularly known as galamsey, in the area.
The Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services, Gifty Aswoa Adjanor, disclosed this to the media.
According to her, pregnant women in the community lose their babies due to the water they drink, which is contaminated with chemicals used for the illegal mining.
The highly-polluted river due to galamsey, serves as a source of drinking water for the community.
Ms Adjanor has, thus, appealed to the traditional leaders and other residents in the area to support the renewed fight against galamsey to enable pregnant women to give birth to healthy children.