Dr Atsu Godwin Seake-Kwawu, Ho Municipal Director of Health Services, has observed that investment into tackling adolescent reproductive issues was too little to make the desired impact.

He said the logistics, personnel and other overheads were simply not commensurate with this ?looming developmental problem,? manifested by the continuing incidence of teenage pregnancies reported at the health facilities.

Dr Seake-Kwawu was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of the 2013 Annual Health Sector Performance Review Meeting of the Ho Municipal Health Directorate which opened in Ho on Wednesday.

The two-day meeting is on the theme ?Quality Data for Decision Making and Monitoring of Progress towards the 2015 Health-Related MDG Goals.?

Dr Seake-Kwawu said corporate bodies and institution must complement government efforts at reaching the target groups consistently.

He disclosed at the review meeting that teenage pregnancies in the Municipal area rose from 284 in 2012 to 562 in 2013.

Dr Seake-Kwawu said antepnatal care coverage had increased reaching 91 percent, and skilled delivery 90 percent.

He said although total maternal deaths had increased from 12 in 2012, to 19 in 2013, more that 80 percent of the deaths were of mothers referred from other districts.

Dr Seake-Kwawu said, however, that the ?maternal health experience for the people of Ho has shown improvement.?

He said a lot of work was being done to get the messages on maternal health alertness across to the people through community durbars and radio discussions.

Dr Seake-Kwawu said general performance had been satisfactory with a fundamental achievement of successfully demarcating Ho into ?workable urban Community-Based Health Planning Services (CHPS) zones, and assigned nurses to the Assembly men and women setting a foundation for community health care in the township.?

He announced the release of the Day Care Centre building in the Ho market for use as a clinic, hoping ?that venture will one day grow into a Polyclinic that will meet the health care needs of our mothers and sisters in the market.?

Dr Seake-Kwawu said there were serious infrastructural constraints across the Municipal Area, ranging from the lack of or poor accommodation for staff and poor state of facilities.

He mentioned ?communities like Lume with no ?functioning health facilities and Matse health centre which lacked ?staff accommodation and modern patient amenities and running water.?

Dr Seake-Kwawu said the Ho Municipal Hospital ?calls for a major facelift to position it appropriately to function as the first referral hospital?.

On the relevance of the theme, he said ?some of us have not appreciated why we need to collect good data and do so consistently, collate and analyze such data to give us a glimpse of our progress.?

Mrs Fafa Adinyira, Ho Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) said the Assembly would actively support the health sector to tackle some of its infrastructure needs.

She expressed dismay that a mother?s clinic, even in Ho, was conducted in the open, for lack of a place.

Mrs Adinyira said she was passionate about maternal health and had directed Assemblymen and women to input maternal issues into their outreach activities.

Source: GNA


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