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Photo of newborn babies sleeping on plastic chairs NOT from Ghana

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Claim: A photo shows newborn babies sleeping in plastic chairs in Ghanaian health facility – Twitter user

The photo is dated and shows babies from the Kawempe National Hospital in Uganda, not a hospital in Ghana.

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As part of the #fixthecountry posts on Twitter, a user, @AmistyTV posted a photo showing some newborn babies lying on plastic chairs.

“This is Ghana for us. So the leaders why. #FixTheCountry,” the caption reads.

Image source: Twitter.com

Some users, in commenting on the tweet, have expressed their disappointment at the government for the situation.

Source: Twitter

Verification

The photo in the post was subjected to TinEye Reverse Image Search and findings indicate it is from Uganda.

A health story published by Newvision.co.ug in 2019 reported the photo was of newborn babies at the neonatal care unit at Kawempe National Hospital. The babies were later moved to Mulago specialized women and neonatal hospital according to the Ugandan Ministry of Health. The story was also reported by The Observer.ug and many other Ugandan media organisations. 

This same image was recirculated on social media in 2019 as having occurred in Nigeria and again in 2020 when it was said to have happened at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi.

Dubawa Nigeria in 2019 and Pesacheck in 2020  have debunked claims around this photo in their respective countries.

Conclusion

The photo was taken at the Kawempe National Hospital in Uganda in 2019 and not in Ghana.

Roselena Ahiable is a Senior Researcher with Dubawa Ghana. Roselena has years of demonstrated work experience in advertising, sales and marketing, having worked with some of the leading brands in Ghana. She has completed a Master of Philosophy programme in Communication Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, with specialisation in Public Relations and Advertising. She has also received advanced training in print and broadcast journalism. Roselena also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Theatre Arts from the University of Ghana. As a trained journalist with interest in research, Roselena provides the team insight in news and media trend analysis.

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