The Fanteakwa District Health Directorate has stepped up efforts at promoting family planning in the area, to reduce maternal deaths.
This involves the combination of public education campaign and reduction of cost of family planning services, which can now be accessed at the designated health facilities at GH¢1.00.
The health directorate has been working in partnership with “R3M,” a non-governmental organisation (NGO), seeking to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity.
Dr. Christian Nyarko Aduama, the District Health Director, said such moves would substantially expand family planning coverage in the area.
He indicated that “nothing could be more heart-breaking than to see a woman die whilst giving life,” adding that Fanteakwa in 2015 recorded four maternal deaths, one more than the previous year’s figures and has recorded two maternal deaths this year.
Dr. Aduama thanked the NGO for training health personnel to improve the quality of services, awareness creation and subsidising family planning services.
The Programme Coordinator of R3M, Madam Millicent Anum, said the NGO would educate people to accept family planning methods to reduce maternal deaths, unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions.