Stillbirths increase in Ejisu-Juaben Municipality

Stillbirths increase in Ejisu-Juaben MunicipalityStatistics from Ejisu-Juaben Health Directorate indicate an upsurge in stillborn cases in the Municipality in 2008, Mrs Ellen Fosu; Acting Municipal Health Director, told an annual Health Review Meeting at Ejisu at the weekend.

She said the Juaben Government Hospital alone recorded 50 stillbirth cases last year as against 29 in 2007 with each Sub Municipality recording at least two cases during the year under review.

Mrs Fosu said the proportionality of new cases in 2007 and 2008 stood at 1:5.7 in the Hospital and 1:3.7 in the remaining health institutions in the Sub-Municipality, adding that it was not the best for reproductive health care in the area.

The Acting Director attributed the situation to low attendance of pregnant women to pre-natal clinics; failure to follow pre-natal health instructions and lack of vehicles to transport women in labour to health facilities.

She said the Directorate would intensify health education in the area this year to reduce the trend.

Mrs Fosu, however, said outpatient (OPD) attendance at health facilities in the Municipality rose from 103,871 to 153,548 in 2007 and 2008, respectively. She said the increase was due to the fact that more people joined the National Health Insurance Scheme in the area.

The Municipal Health Director mentioned that malaria topped the OPD cases last year with 65,025 cases as against 37,559 in 2007.

Mrs Fosu commended her staff for working hard to reduce bilharzias cases from 717 in 2007 to 490 in 2008 and leprosy from two in 2007 to 0 in 2008 but urged them to intensify public education on Tuberculosis (TB) this year because TB cases went up from 55 in 2007 to 77 in 2008.

She said they were able to treat 32,460 Oncho cases last year out of 35,694 cases detected in the area representing 89.4 per cent.

Mrs Fosu commended the authorities of the Juaben Government Hospital for using their own resources to train 50 of the Municipal health staff.

She said that they were able to train 109 home management volunteers and purchased logistics for a new maternity home.

Mr Yaw Ahenkorah Afrifa, Ejisu Juaben Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), commended the health works in the area for their dedication, commitment and selfless service to the people.

Source: GNA