Bright Ofori Asiamah / Deborah Osei-Twum GNA
Takoradi, Feb. 29,
GNA – The Western Regional Health Directorate in 2019 recorded 61 maternal
deaths as against 81 in 2018.
Naa Jacob Mahama the
Regional Health Director who made this known at the Regional Health Service
2019 Annual Performance Review Meeting in Takoradi said the Effiankwanta
hospital recorded majority of the cases since it was a referral hospital.
The review meeting
on the theme: “Strengthening the Sub-district Health Systems: A key Strategy to
Improving Health Outcomes in Western Region” was attended by district,
municipal and metropolitan health directors, nurses, traditional authorities and
some heads of departments.
He said apart from
the maternal deaths, other reproductive health indicators such as Antennal
Care, did not meet the set target.
Naa Mahama said
supervised deliveries recorded a decrease from 59.5 percent in 2018 to 58.8
percent in 2019 while family planning increased slightly from 29.4 percent in
2018 to 30.5 percent in 2019.
The Regional Health
Director noted that still-birth
continued to drop and that 1.8 percent was recorded in 2018 as against
1.02 percent in 2019 while early neonatal deaths dropped from 7.2 death per
1,000 live births in 2018 to 6 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2019.
Touching on polio
virus, Naa Mahama said a number of measures including, sensitization and
training of health workers, public education and the reactivation of the
epidemic committee have been put in place to tackle the virus.
He said about
190,000 children under 18 months were targeted for the polio immunization in
On measles, he said
221 suspected cases were recorded in seven districts out of which 13 cases were
confirmed but stressed that the necessary measures have been put in place to
avoid its spread.
Naa Mahama said
everything was being done to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the region,
adding that, numerous trainings have been done as part of activities to achieve
the endemic control of HIV/AIDS in the region.
Dr. Patrick Kuma
Aboagye the Director-General, Ghana Health Service said as a service their
primary objective was to prevent the spread of the COVIV-19 and that they were
working with the Ministry of Health and other partners to prevent the spread of
the virus into the country.
comprehensive measures have been put in place to prevent and handle cases and
key among them was the training of port health staff and screening of
passengers at the Kotoka International Airport.
Dr. Aboagye also
stated that the Tema and Ridge hospitals staff were also being trained to
handle COVID-19 cases in the country, adding that, an alert had been sent to
all Regions and Districts, and the reactivation of the districts response teams
to handle and prevent the virus from entering the country.
He said public
perception about poor quality care especially in emergency situations still
remained a worrying concern that the Service needed to address.
He was hopeful that
with the introduction of the new ambulances, it would help reduce that
Mr Kwabena Okyere
Darko-Mensah, Western Regional Minister, emphasized that sub-health
directorates played a key role in implementing integrated health care and
needed to be well equipped.
Minister hinted that government had developed a new attractive incentive
package for health workers in deprived communities with a prime goal of
retaining health personnel in such areas.
Nana Ankoma Tuagyan
of the Sekondi Traditional Area who presided, said it sub-district health
facilities could only be strengthened if proper measures were implemented.
He in this regard,
appealed to the Regional Health Service Council to create sub district health
directorates and provide them with Administrators or Directors to ease the work
load on the Physician Assistants and Midwives who played such roles.
He stressed the need
to resource the various health centres with technical staff and lauded the One
District One Ambulance initiative.
expressed concern about the poor nature of the roads network in rural areas and
called for the modification of the tricycles (Pragyia), which were being used
as ambulances in some remote areas to save more lives.