Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare
Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare

The Director-General of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, has announced that the Service would be holding its first National Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) Conference in Accra from June 12 to 14, 2018.

According to him, the conference dubbed: “Strengthening Partnership for Achieving Universal Health Coverage in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition”,
would provide the platform which will update health sector players on the progress of implementation of programmes that addresses maternal, child health and nutrition issues.

He said, the conference would also focus on reviewing and discussing key issues related to strengthening the implementation of on-going and routine interventions, and as well as provide the basis for discussions with partners to identify areas where each partner could best contribute to advancing the common agenda.

“Available evidence showed that although there had been a steady decline in maternal, infant and child mortalities, and the prevalence of severe manifestations of nutritional deficiencies, but the pace has been slow. There are still very wide socio-economic and geographic disparities. In addition, Ghana did not meet a number of the Millennium Development Goal targets,” Dr. Asare revealed.

He made the revelation at the media launch of the MCHN, at the International Press Centre on the 6th June, 2018, in Accra.

Dr. Nsiah Asare also expatiated that, “coverage of key outcome indicators: skilled delivery, exclusive breastfeeding, anaemia in pregnancy, institutional maternal and neonatal mortality as well as family planning have seen some progress. However, wide regional and district disparities exist, which would need to be addressed to reduce inequities for accelerated progress.”

He further noted that, it was well known that reproductive, and child health and nutrition were core priorities for any country, and the effective management of proven interventions and programmes would undoubtedly contribute to drastic and sustained reduction in the prevailing burden of maternal, newborn and child deaths.

“In line with actions to bridge the inequity gaps in access towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and ultimately contribute to reaching the health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), the GHS through its Family Health Division was working with key health partners to hasten the pace of reducing the current burden. The aim is to go beyond improving access and coverage of interventions to improve efficiency and quality in maternal, newborn and childhood service delivery and address regional disparities. It requires improving coverage of priority interventions to reach the unreached, and the content and quality of existing interventions to optimal levels,” the Director-General noted.

However, he said, the theme for the conference is aimed at ensuring survival, thriving and transformation, by collectively concentrating efforts on building the momentum to provide the needed care to reach Every Woman, Every Child and Every Adolescent,
which means that no woman, child or adolescent should face a greater risk of preventable death because of where they live or who they are.

The conference, he also said would show case best practices and share new knowledge on policies and innovations.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh

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