Mr. Dominic Oduro-Antwi, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Out-Look Minik, a business entity, has charged Ghanaians to help make Ghana a nation free from maternal deaths.
He was speaking at an Out-Look Minik ‘Maternal Health Charity Concert’ held in Accra to raise funds in support of maternal healthcare and to reduce maternal deaths in two hospitals of different regions in Ghana.
Though, he noted, Ghana has recorded some progress in maternal healthcare and reduction in maternal death over the last 20 years, the pace has been very slow and government and the stakeholders need to step up their efforts.
In his address at the event, dubbed ‘Maternal Health Charity Concert,’ held in Accra, aimed at assisting the Tamale West Hospital and the Effia Nkwanta Hospital in Sekondi-Takoradi, the CEO said his focus was to ensure mothers are being kept safe through childbirth.
With the introduction of the free maternal health service in the country, some improvement and progress have been made significantly in the maternal healthcare delivery so far.
He hinted that in 2011 his outfit donated funds for hospital beds and medications for the maternity block of the Ridge Hospital, now Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ridge.
The Out-Look Minik also donated items in support of the refurbishment of the maternal ward of the Winneba Government Hospital in the Central Region in 2013. According to the Ghana Health Service 2016 statistics out of every 100,000 births, there are 110 maternal deaths.
Mr. Oduro-Antwi stated their concentration for this year’s concert is on Tamale West Hospital and the Effia Nkwanta Hospital in Sekondi-Takoradi.
The Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs. Gifty Twum Ampofo, lauded the move by the Out-Look Minik to raise funds to support effort at reducing the maternal death.
She said maternal healthcare is an area that needs lots of support to curb the death that in some cases happen at childbirth.
Mrs. Twum Ampofo explained that the period for the gestation for a woman, and first three months of the mother and child is the crucial part of life of any woman, as well as a crucial segment for a country’s development.
This, she said, was because if the pregnant woman did not get the required healthcare, she may die at the point of giving birth or through the process she may die with the child.
Mrs. Twum Ampofo also hinted that “due to ill-equipped health facilities some pregnant women begot children on their own and this gives so many burdens to the family and financial constraint to the government as support.”
Hence, she lauded the move by Out-Look Minik to help curtail the challenge, and she appealed to other donor partners for their support in that direction, as she handed over an undisclosed amount in an envelope to the organisers.
On his part, the Acting Medical Director of the Effia-Nkwanta Hospital in Sekondi-Takoradi, Dr. Richard Anthony, indicated that most of the causes of the maternal deaths are preventable.
He mentioned among others obstetric Hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), living, before, during and after delivery, ectopic pregnancies complications of abortions and infections, and overcrowding maternal rooms create avenue to spread infections easily.
The Effia-Nkwanta Hospital built in 1938 needs serious rehabilitation with new equipments to enable the hospital curb the alarming maternal mortality in the area.
Dr. Anthony explained that medicine is dynamic and the hospital could not rely the very old equipments which when they are broken down it is very difficult to find their parts. So with the new equipments they could monitor mother and baby very well, he stressed.
He also indicated the stakeholders in health have been talking more about the challenges facing the maternal healthcare in the country and how to reduce the canker drastically.
The Efia-Nkwanta Medical Director hinted that the problem is on the minds of all governments who were doing all they could to bring down the situation.
By so doing, he said the stakeholders in health have lauded the move by the first Lady, Mrs. Naa Rebecca Akufo-Addo to also help arrest the situation.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Delali A. Awuyeh