The Northern Region has been adjudged the best performing region in the country in the neonatal health care in 2016 by the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
Under the GHS National League Table, the region recorded one death per every 100,000 live births.
The Northern Regional Director of Health, Dr. Jacob Mahama, disclosed this in a speech reach on his behalf at the launch of a project by the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) to promote maternal and neonatal health care in the region. The project dubbed: “Promoting Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Sustainable Health Efforts” (PROMISE), seeks to reduce maternal and infant mortality by delivering essential health services to mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under five years.
Dr. Mahama said, inspite of the region achieving the highest antenatal coverage in the country, the region was last with regard to maternal deaths. The region registered 67 maternal deaths in 2014, 93 in 2015, and 138 in 2016.
The Kumbungu District Health Director, Mrs. Joana Quarcoo, for her part, said anaemia was among the major causes of maternal deaths in the region. She said most of the expectant mothers in the region suffered from anaemia due to poor eating habits, and urged expectant mothers to be more concerned about what they ate.
Mrs. Quarcoo, however, said low acceptance of family planning in the region, inadequate health personnel, poor road networks and transportation also contributed to the high maternal and child mortalities in the region.
Source: Daily Graphic, Friday, March 24, 2017