Ghana’s Northern Regional Nutrition Officer, Hajia Azara Amadu, has urged stakeholders to heighten efforts to address the high occurrence of malnutrition in that part of the country.
Hajia Azara bemoaned the prevalence of malnutrition coupled with stunting in the Northern Region, pressing on stakeholders to increase measures to deal with the menace.
She revealed that the high record of malnutrition among children in the region has retrograde effect for human development in the region.
The current 33.1 percent of malnourished children greatly defeats the increasing numbers of NGOs in the region involved in interventions dealing with malnutrition.
Even more serious is the lack of coordination among these NGOs which Health experts say has negative impact - including the duplication of stakeholders’ efforts in one area to the neglect of other affected areas.
“Among all the regions, we are having the majority of NGOs who support us because we are having a high incidence of malnutrition. Then you ask yourself why? What are we not doing right? So this calls for collaboration of NGOs so that we will all have a common platform to talk about what we are doing and which communities to avoid duplication”, Regional Nutrition Officer, Hajia Azara Amadu", reiterated.
Meanwhile, as part of measures to reduce maternal mortality, the Savelugu Municipal Director of Health, Denisia Agong, has appealed to pregnant women in the area to pay close attention to their nutrition because of the high incidence of anaemia among pregnant women in the area.
“From our annual report, we realised that we have up to 66 per cent of anaemia among pregnant women at 36 weeks. This is so alarming because 36 weeks pregnant women are expected to give birth and so if at that stage, you don’t have adequate blood, to carry you through labour, you can be sure that anything can happen”, she remarked.
Adding that “there is no delivery that there won’t be bleeding and most of them deliver in the house, if you start bleeding, what will happen, that will contribute to a high maternal mortality rate in the municipality.”
She said the municipality has recorded at least 4 maternal deaths since the beginning of 2019”
She was speaking on the sideline of stakeholder engagement at an event organized by the Centre for Science and Health Communication, to present findings of two radio series project aimed at promoting nutrition, agriculture practices and maternal health issues in the Savelugu Municipality and Saboba District.
Dr. Mahama Saaka, a lecturer at UDS indicated that the project was also to find out the extent to which radio can reach out to people and change behaviors.
The event was powered in partnership with the Texas A&M University School of Public Health in the United States, University for Development Studies, Ghana Health Service, Ministry of Food and Agriculture and Tamale Community Health Nurses Training College.
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