Maternal mortality reduces in Upper West Region

Mr Alex Segbefia, Health Minister

Mr Alex Segbefia, Health Minister

Over the past five years, the Upper West Region has recorded a significant decline in maternal mortality deaths due to the availability of the increasing Community Health Planning and Service (CHPS) compounds in the region.

The regional institutional maternal mortality ratio had declined from 212/100,000 live births to 155.8/1000 in 2010 to 2015 respectively.

As at the end of June 2016, it declined further to 105/100,000 lives births whilst the regional institutional neonatal mortality rate also declined from 11.2/1000 live births to 7.4/1000 between 2011 to 2015.

The acting Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service(GHS), Dr. Winfred Ofosu disclosed the statistics yesterday at the GHS and the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) project dissemination forum here.

He added that stillbirth rate had also declined from 25.3/1000 live births to 7.4/1000 from 2010 to 2015 respectively.

He said skilled attendant at birth increased from 53 per cent in 2011 to 83.4 per cent in 2015 noting that seeking antenatal care within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy also increased from 47.1 per cent in 2010 to 56.9 in 2015.

Dr. Ofosu said postnatal care within the first 48 hours of birth also increased from 32.4per cent in 2011 to 77.5per cent in 2015.

He attributed the success story to the increasing functional CHPS zones from 91 to 213 in the demarcated zones across the region.

He said CHPS foundations laid in the first phase has been used to improve access and quality of maternal and neonatal service in the region and expressed gratitude to development partners such as JICA, Jhpiego, WHO and UNICEF for their support.

” I will like to also send our sincere appreciation to the Government and the people of Japan for the support to the region over the years” he said.

The Upper West Regional Minister, Amin Amidu Sulemani noted that CHPS implementation status in the region had covered a population coverage of 55.01 per cent.

He said the improvement of maternal and neonatal death was achieved as a result of the expansion of the health facilities and training of health personnel who serve in the various CHPS compound.

He noted that the CHPS compound concept of health delivery was based more on preventive healthcare and was key in the fight against maternal and child mortality.

He explained that the project sensitises communities on maternal and neonatal health and in the process strengthens the capacity of health personnel managing the facilities.

Mr. Masanori Yamazaki, JICA representative who commended stakeholders for the support towards the successful implementation of the CHIPS system noted that JICA was overwhelmed on the quality of healthcare the project had impacted on the lives of the people.
From Bernard Benghan, Wa

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