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Maternal Deaths to be Reduced By Half

2007-08-13 22:03:20
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The Wa East District Directorate of the Ghana Health Service is working to reduce high infant and maternal death rates by 50 per cent by 2008.

It intends to reduce the infant mortality rate from 208 deaths out of every 1,000 births to 104 deaths per 1000 births.

It wants to decrease maternal mortality rate from five deaths per 1000 deliveries among mothers to less than one death out of every 1000 deliveries within the same period.

Mr Joseph Bolibie, Wa East District Director of Ghana Health Service, said this at a two-day half-year performance review meeting with health personnel, development partners and community chairmen of health facilities in the district at Funsi.

Mr. Bolibie said the district was keeping silent on communicable diseases, especially Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, as it has no hospital and laboratory facilities to make diagnosis.

He said the district, which is also the farthest and the most deprived in the region, has no ambulance to transport patients to the nearest hospitals in Wa and Jirapa.

Mr. Bolibie appealed for a doctor for the Funsi Health Centre and an ambulance.

He mentioned malaria, diarrhoea diseases, snakebites, accidents and anaemia as the leading health problems that were causing admissions and deaths among children in the district.

He attributed diarrhoea diseases to lack of potable water and poor waste disposal practises.

Mr. Bolibie appealed to the district assembly to consider sponsoring students to health training institutions and they should work in health facilities in the area when they complete.

On the National Health Insurance Scheme, he said patronage had increased to 21 per cent as compared to 14 per cent last year and called for an intensive public education to encourage the people to embrace the scheme.

Mr. Peter Aminu, Wa East District Coordinating Director, said the district assembly intended to build 90 Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS) in the area to help improve quality health care delivery.

He said the assembly had planned to expand the Funsi Health Centre to qualify for a doctor to take care of government workers who travel to Wa for medical attention.

Mr. Aminu said the Assembly would provide 20 boreholes for some communities at the end of the year to help reduce the incidence of water related diseases.

source: GNA

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