The Brong-Ahafo Civil Society Platform on Reproductive Health (BACSOP) working to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights has commended President Mahama and his team for deciding to voluntary reduces their salaries by ten percent to help fight maternal mortality in rural communities.

KUUNAAH RICHARD - Copy
KUUNAAH RICHARD – Copy

The move, according to the BACSOP would help provide quality health care services to millions of Ghanaian especially pregnant mothers and children less than five years in deprived communities across the country who find it difficult to access quality health care services due to lack of accessibility.

Reacting to the 2014 budget statement presented to Parliament on the 19th?of this month by the Finance Minister Seth Terkper, the President of BACSOP, Richard Kuunaah, said the fund which is especially dedicated to the construction of Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS) compounds is a step in a right direction.
He however said government must make sure that the money accruing from there is used for the intended purpose and not misapplied as previous funds established for some special purposes have been misapplied.
Mr. Kuunaah who is also the Executive Director of GHANECare an NGO, described the current high rate of maternal mortality in the country as unacceptable and stressed the need for the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service to come out with more realistic and ground-breaking measures focusing maternal and neonatal health.
For his part, the Vice President of BACSOP, Victor Fosu Boamah said many women living in rural areas are losing their lives during pregnancy and after delivery because they have no access to health facilities, and those who have access to health facilities, have no access to qualified doctor.
This problem, according to him has been compounded by lack of access roads to such communities and high cost of transportation fares and other traditional practices.

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