GMA Calls For Support For Health Institutions …As KATH Strategises To Reduce Maternal Mortality
THE PRESIDENT of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Kwabena Opoku Adusei has appealed to government to support health institutions to help achieve the targets of the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5. He has also called for the support of all medical and health professionals in achieving the MDG 4 and 5 targets by 2015.
He was addressing medical superintendents, heads of Child Health and Obstetrics and Gynaecology directorates of KATH and medical staff from Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and the three northern regions which refer maternal cases to KATH at a conference organized by the management of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) under the Ministry of Health’s maternal Accelerated Framework Policy in Kumasi.
Dr. Opoku Adusei noted that in the face of the important role KATH plays in maternal issues, it was high time a maternity and child block which has been left un-attended to, for the past 40 years was completed to admit more mothers and babies. He also spoke against the lack of adequate operating tables at the maternity wards of KATH.
The conference was prompted by a World Health Organization (WHO) report issued in May 2012 which revealed that every day, approximately 800 women die from pregnancy or child-related complications following which the management of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital have laid out a six-point plan to help reduce maternal mortality rates at the hospital and for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 which is just under two years away.
In Ghana, maternal mortality rates according to the Ministry of Health, reduced from 740 per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 503 per 100,000 live births in 2005 and then to 451 per 100,000 live births in 2008 and that by 2015, the MOH presupposes that Ghana will record 340 per 100,000 births.
Addressing the conference, the Chief Executive Officer of KATH, Prof. Ohene Adjei, stated that as Ghana strives to achieve the MDG 4 and 5 in 2015, KATH’s strategy, amongst others, is to support the training of all relevant medical and health professionals in key health facilities in its catchment areas in the management of emergency maternal and neo-natal cases, assign one KATH consultant and one senior specialist to each of these facilities for regular consultation on the management of maternal and neo-natal cases.
The Hospital will also set up a dedicated communication system under which these health facilities will be given mobile phones to call consultants at KATH free of charge to discuss the management options for neo-natal cases when necessary.
He said the management of KATH says it will form public education teams at the hospital to sensitize the public on the best ways to prevent maternal and neo-natal complications and deaths.
Prof Ohene Adjei explained that these interventions are being pursued by the hospital because it has been observed that most of the cases referred to KATH come at an advanced stage where conditions of the patients had worsened beyond recovery.
He said it accounts for the hospital’s continuous registration of high maternal mortality rates despite the best efforts of staff and management. KATH CEO disclosed that the rate has hovered around 700 per 100,000 live births to 1,000 per 100,000 live births between 2008 and the first half of 2013.
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