The second largest hospital in Ghana, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has revealed the facility has seen immense decline in maternal deaths.
According to a comprehensive health outreach programme report the hospital has seen a maternal mortality drop from the half-year high of 1221.62 per 100,000 live births in 2013 to 791.38, per 100,000 live births as of the middle of year 2016.
Addressing a mid-year performance review meeting in Kumasi the Chief Executive Officer of KATH, Dr. Joseph Akpaloo said the significant achievement had come on the back of outreach programmes carried out in peripheral hospitals across Ashanti and the adjoining regions – Brong-Ahafo, Central and Western by senior specialists and consultants from the Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) and Child Health Directorates of the hospital.
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He further told the meeting that there had been a noticeable downturn in general cases seen at the facility. Also emergency cases for example during the period under review stood at 10,731 compared with the 2015 half-year total of 12,274.
At the same time, ward admissions dropped from 20,329 to 18,243 while deliveries decreased from 5,103 to 4,539 with Out-Patients Department (OPD) attendance climbing down from 34,637 to 32,208.