NEWS ARCHIVE 2006 - 09

(SOMBORO) JIRAPA: U/W records more maternal deaths

All have not been well with mothers in the Upper West Region this year as 44 maternal deaths have been recorded with 40 of the deaths occurring at health facilities and four in communities.   


Date Created : 12/18/2009 10:11:45 AM : Story Author : GhanaDistrict.Com

All have not been well with mothers in the Upper West Region this year as 44 maternal deaths have been recorded with 40 of the deaths occurring at health facilities and four in communities.     

The Deputy Upper West Regional Director of Public Health, Dr. Kofi Issah, said this during the inauguration of a Community Health Planning Service (CHPS) Compound at Somboro in the Jirapa District on Thursday.   

He expressed dissatisfaction about the situation and said the high maternal deaths registered in the region could mean that in the past maternal deaths cases were not properly recorded.   

It could also mean that many people were now bringing their pregnant women to health facilities for delivery or there was a major management problem in the health facilities and at the communities’ level and this needed to be identified.   

Dr. Issah said infant mortality, which stood at 208 per every 1,000 live births in 2003, had been reduced to 142 per 1,000 live births in 2008. 

He said that was a remarkable achievement but was quick to add that there could be an increase in deaths again if a greater percentage of women still deliver outside health centres. 

Dr. Issah said men could help reverse the current situation if they were educated on the need to be involved in reproductive health issues so that they could encourage their wives or even accompany them to the hospital.

 

PF