View Full Version : Gomoa West District Assembly to support reduction in maternal mortality initiatives

18th January 2012, 03:58 PM
The Gomoa West District Assembly is to refurbish maternity wards of three health facilities in the District and equip them fully and sponsor the training of three midwives as the Districtís contribution to the reduction of maternal mortality.

The District Assembly would also donate one pick-up vehicle to the District Directorate of the Ghana Health Service to enhance their supervision activities.

Mr Peter Antwi-Boasiako, District Coordinating Director announced this at the Annual Performance Review Meeting of the District Directorate of the Ghana Health Service at Apam.

The meeting offered an opportunity to all health facilities in the District to review their operations for 2011 and to strategise for 2012.

Mr Antwi-Boasiako said the refurbishment and equipping of the health facilities, the sponsoring of midwives and the donation of the vehicle were all in support of the good work the First Lady, Mrs Ernestina Naadu Mills was doing to eliminate maternal mortality in the country.

The Coordinating Director said the Assembly would establish two Community Health and Planning Services (CHPS) compounds in the District for five years to bring health delivery to the doorsteps of the people.

He said plans were advanced to construct a health centre at Mumford to reduce pressure on the St Lukeís Catholic Hospital at Apam which also serves as the District Hospital.

Dr Yaw Ofori Yeboah, District Director of Health Services said the District battled with many health challenges such as malaria, tuberculosis, malnutrition and HIV and AIDS.

He commended health staff for containing huge workloads under stressful conditions.

He said a number of key interventions were carried out during the year under review to mitigate the challenges, citing free installation of 59,863 long lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets at the sleeping places of residents of the District.

The Medical Director said the District also participated in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored Performance-based Financing Programme under the Focus Regions Health Project and also a World Bank sponsored Nutrition/Malaria Control for Child Survival Project which involved the use of local volunteers to monitor the growth and development of children.

He said six new functional CHPS zones were established in the year, the Dago Health Centre was operationalized and, also, a three-unit staff accommodation facility was constructed by the District Assembly.

Dr Yeboah said through innovation, condom distribution increased from 2,722 in 2010 to 40,720 in 2011 and that the Family Planning acceptor rate had increased from 33.2 per cent in 2010 to 50 per cent in 2011.

He said supervised deliveries increased from 59 per cent in the previous year to 69 per cent in the year under review.

The District Director of Health Services said shortage of nurses, midwives and doctors and other clinical staff remained major problems facing the District.