The magnitude of maternal mortality in region and its disparity with similar statistics across the country has touched the “responsive cord” in a primary health nurse and representative of Eastern Regional secretariat of the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health (GCNH).
After witnessing the recent mid-year performance review of the Eastern Regional Health Directorate, in Koforidua, the representative of the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health spoke to the press present about the Coalition’s concern for maternal health care in the region.
Mr Charles Oduro Owurani called on primary health care nurses in the region and beyond to take immediate action that will help improve the situation.
Even though current statistics provided at the review showed that the region had chalked some success, there was also the need to improve in certain areas of maternal health care.
“We have a wide range of roles to intensify to address the needs of clients in the across communities to improve Maternal and Child Health despite the increasing caseloads”.
According to Mr Owurani, employing community education, home visitations and other community-based interventions including thorough community mobilization efforts as strategies is a key way to increase the demand for maternal and child health services at the community level.
In addition to this he said “communities have responsibilities in improving their own health outcomes: Our women should report/visit the nearest health post during the first month of pregnancy for care, husbands, families and the community should support the women before, during and after birth to improve health at the community level”.
During the opening ceremony, the Regional Director at the Eastern Regional Ministry of Health Directorate, Dr Mrs Charity Sarpong mentioned that, “review of our overall performance for the first six months has shown some strengths successes and challenges within our health system”
Mr Owurani, speaking on behalf of the coalition, made suggestions on how some of these challenges could be overcome.
“It was also revealed at the review, that if these are done, it would encourage more women to visit antenatal on time to avoid complications” he added.
He ended his speech by quoting the PICCAM slogan “No woman should die while giving life”.
About the PICCAM
PICCAM is an acronym for passion, innovation, commitment, compassion and accountability for maternal and neonatal health, focuses on tackling preventable deaths among mothers and children.