The rise in the death toll of birthing mothers at the Tamale Teaching Hospital is becoming an alarming concern, not only for expectant mothers in the region, but also the staff of the hospital.
The surge in maternal mortality is being blamed on the operational challenges the health facility is currently dealing with due to its upgrade into a teaching hospital.
These challenges include overcrowded wards, unstable power and water supply and late transfer of critical cases to the facility among others.
Since its upgrade to a teaching hospital almost a decade ago, authorities have been putting measures in place to stem maternal mortality but a total of 27 cases were recorded in 2014, 39 in 2015 and 66 in 2016, figures from the facility showed.
Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Prosper Akanbon, revealed the hospital recorded five percent surge in OPD attendance, whiles surgeries declined in the year under review.
Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saed has challenged management and staff of the Hospital to foster unity to meet the needs of patients.
“I am dismay at the internal wrangling that has eaten deep into staff which is affecting service delivery, I will use this opportunity to challenge the executive board to iron out their differences and forge ahead”.