The Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Director in-charge of Public Health, Dr. Emmanuel Tinkorang, has observed that for Ghana to achieve MDG five by reducingmaternal mortality by 75 per cent by 2015 there is the need to accelerate maternal mortality reduction effort by tackling unsafe abortion and teenage pregnancy in the country.
According to him, Statistics indicated that unsafe abortion was the second leading cause of maternal mortality in Ghana, accounting for 15 per cent of maternal deaths, and also accounted for 25 to 30 per cent of maternal deaths in leading teaching hospitals in the country.
This, he said impede the country’s efforts at achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 which primarily aimed at reducing maternal mortality by 75 per cent by year 2015.
Dr. Tinkorang made this known at the Inception Meeting organized by the Brong-Ahafo Regional Chapter of the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health to officially launch the MDGs Accelerated Framework (MAF) Accountability Project in the region.
The Coalition with support from STAR Ghana, a multi-donor agency funded by USAID, European Union, DANIDA and UKaid is implementing MAF Accountability Project in 30 Districts across the country to monitor the implementation of MAF National, Regional and Districts Plans.
In the Brong-Ahafo, three organizations are responsible for monitoring the project in three districts namely Sunyani Municipal, Tano South and Jaman North Districts in the region
Dr. Tinkorang also identified high unsafe abortion rate, high teenage pregnancy and low family planning acceptor rate as some of the major challenges facing reproductive health in the region.
He mentioned inadequate partners to support reproductive health services and inadequate access to adolescent health services in the region as further challenges facing reproductive health.
The Deputy Regional Director therefore extended hands of partnership to organizations and institutions especially CSOs to partner the health directorate to seriously tackle reproductive health in the region.
The Brong-Ahafo Co-ordinator of the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health, Kobina Afena-Sam, said the main objective of the MAF Accountability Project is to ensure that resources allocated by Development Partners and Ghana Government is judicious used.
He appealed to the District Health Directors to open-up and be ready to provide information needed to ensure effective monitoring of the project.
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