Awutu Senya district health directorate records no maternal mortality since 2018

Awutu Senya district health directorate records no maternal mortality since 2018

The Awutu-Senya District Directorate of the Ghana Health Service has recorded zero maternal mortality and stillbirth in 2018.

The District Director of Health Services, Dr Mrs Patricia Lawford Antwi, said skilled delivery coverage of the directorate increased from 73.8 per cent in 2017 to 81.1 per cent in 2018.

She made this known in an interview with Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of the 2018 Annual Performance Review meeting at Awutu Bereku.

Awutu-Senya district records zero maternal and still birth in first quarter of 2019

Source: UGC

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Dr Lawford Antwi, however, expressed concern that despite the free family planning services supported by Marie Stopes International, there was a slight drop in family planning from 27.8 percent in 2017 to 27 percent in 2018.

She, therefore, encouraged people in the reproductive age group and mothers in the District to take advantage of the program to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies as well as space their deliveries.

On teen pregnancy, the Health Director said it stood at 12.3 percent and that the Directorate had established adolescent health clubs in all the three senior high schools there as part of efforts to improve adolescent health services.

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She said Out Patients Department (OPD) attendance increased to 0.8 in 2018 from 0.7 in 2017 with Malaria topping list of the top 10 diseases reported at the OPD.

Malaria amounted to 29,186 cases, representing 36.7 per cent, followed by Upper Respiratory Tract infections.

Others were skin diseases, anemia, rheumatism and other joint pains, acute tract infections and motor transport injuries coming last on the list.

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