Alban Bagbin exchanging the Aide Memoire with Gerard Duijfjes.

There are still high records of maternal deaths in hospitals although the country has made great strides in reducing maternal mortality, Minister of Health, Alban S. K. Bagbin has stated.

He said there had been a reduction in maternal mortality outside health facilities as compared to those which occurred in hospitals.

“We have been able to reduce maternal mortality outside health institutions, rather we are getting bad figures in health institution,” he said.

The country currently has 350 maternal mortalities per 100,000 births, according to United Nations estimate.

Hon. Bagbin said although the figures showed a considerable advancement in the fight against maternal mortality, there was more to be done.

He noted that with the abundance of resources and support from development partners, it was unacceptable that the country should continue to lose mothers, especially in health facilities.

He called for improved emergency care in health facilities as deaths occurred within the first 24 hours after admission.

He also called for all hands to be on deck to help solve the issue and achieve the fifth Millennium Development Goal to reduce maternal mortality by 75 percent by 2015.

The minister made this known during the signing ceremony of the Aide Memoire between the ministry and development partners after a weeklong summit to discuss health issues in the country.

The summit, attended by heads of health institutions and experts in the country as well as representatives of development partners, reviewed the country’s performance in the health sector in the previous year and made recommendations on the way forward.

It also discussed issues such as the assessment report of institutional organizations, health financing, policy strategy adoption and the use of internally generated funds.

Bagbin said the successful hosting and signing of the Aide Memoire indicated the total commitment of the Health Ministry in attaining quality health service in the country.

He said government was committed to ensuring resources were mobilized to achieve its target in the MDGs.

“This shows our commitment to stakeholders and partners to ensure we move ahead,” he said.

Leader of the development partners, His Excellency, Gerard Duijfjes, Netherland ambassador to Ghana, expressed his appreciation to the ministry and other health institutions for their active participation and commitment during the summit.

He said achievements such as the recent launch of the two vaccines against the two leading childhood killer diseases was a result of the successful health summits held.

He was therefore optimistic the country would meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

 By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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