Monday 29th August, 2016
Josephine Nyarkoh, GNA
Kumasi, Aug 29, GNA – The government has been
urged to make the building of Community-based Health Planning and Services
(CHPS) compounds in the deprived communities, urgent priority.
Madam Victoria Darko, Project Director of
Pregnancy Stress Foundation (PSF), a local NGO, complained about inadequate
health facilities and professionals in these areas and said that must radically
Deliberate steps must be taken to tackle the
health needs of pregnant women and children there.
She was contributing to discussions at a forum
on pregnancy and child birth held by the Foundation in Kumasi.
“Saving and supporting the lives of vulnerable
mothers and children in society” was the theme chosen for the event.
This followed a health outreach undertaken
jointly by the PSF and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in two districts –
Amansie Central and Sekyere Afram Plains Districts that showed that many expectant
mothers and children lacked access to quality healthcare.
Madam Darko described the finding as deeply
troubling and not helpful to efforts at preventing maternal and infant
She indicated that there were also the
problems of self-medication and malnutrition in those places.
She said the situation, where people walked
long distances, should not continue.
Mr. Raphael Sekyere, a nurse with the PSF,
advised women to avoid alcohol intake and unsafe abortion.
The Foundation used the occasion to present a
cheque for GH¢10,000.00 to support five children with deformities to undergo