11 women die every month

Health institutions in the Eastern Region record on the average, the death of 11 women every month from pregnancy related issues.

The figure does not include women who die from the similar cases in the rural communities and places outside the health institutions of the region.

Mrs Philomina Mireku, Senior Nursing Officer of the Obstetrician and Gynaecological Department at the Koforidua Regional Hospital disclosed this at a lecture on reducing maternal mortality, organized by the Koforidua Branch of the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) for participants of this year’s Annual Conference of the Women’s Fellowship of the Koforidua Diocese of the Methodist Church at Koforidua on Saturday.

The conference which was attended by over 500 delegates from the diocese was organized under the theme “Witnessing to Christ; Teaching for Effective Christian Formation”.

She said records available indicates that, maternal mortality in the region had been rising since 2011 despite a lot of interventions the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service.

Mrs Mireku said, the situation required that all must show concern about pregnant women in their communities to ensure that, the necessary measures were put in place to help reduce the trend.

She said, the major causes of maternal mortality in the region is bleeding , high blood pressure and vomiting and therefore advised pregnant women to attend antenatal clinics immediately they conceived .

Mrs Mireku said high blood pressure in pregnancy make pregnant woman to develop swollen feet and swollen faces but often people wrongly explained it to mean that , it is a sign indicating that the pregnant woman would give birth to a boy or twins .

She said such signs were dangerous and therefore advised women to motivate any pregnant woman to report such signs to the nearest medical centre.

Mrs Mireku advised women who were diabetic, have sickle cells or high blood pressure to seek constant medical care when they got pregnant for their conditions to be monitored and controlled.

She advised pregnant women to sleep under treated mosquito nets to avoid malaria infection because malaria could lead to blood shortage in pregnancy. GNA

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  1. Everyone with a problem should be able to come up with at least 1 solution. No solution as an answer cannot be accepted.

    The current practice where newly inducted doctors called house officers with no experience whatsoever are left to experiment with (attend to) serious medical cases while residents, specialists and consultants are away must be put to a stop immediately. There must be at least one specialist present 24 hours in three shift rotations to supervise them in at least our top referral hospitals. Our health system as it is presently is not the best. The situation in the countryside and rural communities is even worse.

    Below is the mineral production of 1967:

    Gold (from Ashanti and Western Regions) — 724,134 oz
    Diamond (from the Akyem in the Eastern Region) — 2,633,527 ct
    Bauxite (from the Western Region) — 333,458 mt
    Manganese (from the Western Region) — 596,572 mt

    (Source mining policy of Ghana)

    Value today:
    Gold — $1400 per oz
    Diamond — from $1500 to $150,000 per carat (depending on the quality)
    Bauxite — $150 per mt
    Manganese — $450 per tonne

    Even though today diamond production from Akyem has stopped temporarily Akyem districts must be given its fair share of projects. Discrimination against Akyems districts has been going on for at least the last forty years. A visit to the Akyem districts would indicate the poor state of districts: bad roads, poor infrastructure. The state of the districts is not reflective of the revenue it has contributed over the last 100 years.

    People do not know that Akyems and Ashantis are two different groups of people but they are all Akans.and existed as two different states about 150 years ago. They are all Akans and have some things in common. Akyem districts make up more than half of the population of the Eastern Region.

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