The Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health (GCNH) has revealed that expectant mothers at the Upper East Region are turning away from the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital as they complain of ill treatment by midwives of the hospital.
The victims some of who are family members to these midwives during a stakeholders’ conference organised by the coalition in Bolgatanga made known their plights - a development the coalition fears could increase cases of maternal deaths and infant mortality.
Narrating her ordeal to Starrfmonline a nursing mother Susana Anafo recounted the maltreatment she had to go through at the time she was in labour.
“Around 3:00pm on Friday 17th April, 2015, I just went to the regional hospital in labour. The woman told me to sit down and I said I cannot sit because I was already in labour. I went there holding my private part because the baby was already coming out...she sent me to the labour room and told me to lie down, that if I lie down and if it is not labour she would give me a slap. I opened my legs and she saw the head of the baby. She could have slapped me if she hadn’t seen the head of the baby. It hurts me a lot,” she narrated to StarrFM.
Meanwhile health authorities at Bolgatanga are yet to comment on the development. The Upper East Region in recorded high cases of maternal mortality in 2015 as the Ghana Health Service reports the development could be due to the decision by some mothers to deliver their babies at home.