A four day workshop has been held for health officials in the Kwabre East district in the Ashanti region to help eradicate maternal mortality completely.

Maternal mortality continues to be a major risk for most pregnant women in Ghana as the national mortality ratio is estimated around 350 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births although there are wide district and regional variations.

Addressing participants comprising of 75 Midwives, Nurses, Health Assistants, Orderlies, Ward Assistants and Doctors, the District Public Health Assistant, Mrs. Hellen Aovare said in order to eradicate the canker, officials must continue to create more awareness about maternal issues in their respective communities.

She added that though about 95% of pregnant women in Ghana always seek antenatal care, only about 59% of them deliver at health facilities, posing many health risks to their lives since in the event of any complications, there might be not be the right persons to attend to them. She therefore called on pregnant women to always make it a point to deliver at accredited health facilities to avoid any complications.

She however, revealed that for the past three years, there has not been any recorded case of maternal mortality in any of the health facilities in the district, and this achievement the directorate is going the extra mile to ensure it is upheld.

Mrs. Aovare also revealed that the major causes of maternal health include haemorhage, sepsis, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and abortion complications. She again appealed to all stakeholders to play their part in keeping maternal mortality at bay in the district.

Other matters discussed included antenatal counseling, managing? anemia in pregnancy, managing antenatal problems and others.

Source: Francis Andoh (ISD)



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