4 women die during childbirth due to acute shortage of blood

Four women died during childbirth at the Ejisu Government Hospital, last year, due to acute shortage of blood at the facility.

Dr. Akwasi Baffour Gyimah, the Medical Superintendent who confirmed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said they could have been saved through prompt blood transfusion.

He said lack of blood in health facilities across the municipality had become a major headache to the service providers and has been identified as a major factor accounting for maternal deaths in the area.

“A total of nine pregnant women lost their lives in the municipality during the period.”

Dr. Gyimah said the refusal of the people – relatives of pregnant women including their husbands, to voluntarily donate blood to save their lives was one of the factors that created blood shortage in most facilities.

The Ejisu Government Hospital, he indicated, required between 12 and 15 units of blood every week to give to road crash victims, women in labour and for the treatment of other emergency cases.

He said he found it deeply troubling that public sensitisation programmes to encourage the people to donate blood, had largely failed to achieve the intended outcomes.

This, he stated, would however, not discourage them but would motivate them to reach out to everybody and help them to appreciate the importance of blood donation.

He said they would launch a sustained campaign, visit senior high schools, churches and voluntary organisations to get people to accept mass blood donation at regular intervals, to stock the facility’s blood bank.

Dr. Gyimah said the management of the hospital had targeted zero maternal deaths, this year, and was determined to go the extra mile to achieve the goal.

He reminded pregnant women to regularly attend antenatal clinic to access the appropriate care they needed to be safe during and after childbirth.

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