Women and the general public as a whole has been advised to be conscious and careful about their reproductive health in order to help reduce the rate of maternal mortality among women in the country.
The Country-Director of Marie Stopes International,a non-governmental organisation (NGO) Mrs. Faustina Fynn-Nyame at the opening of their new ultra-modern office complex in koforidua, the Eatern Regional capital.
Mrs. Fynn-Nyame said the NGO having been in the country since the past eight years has in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service has contributed a lot in assisting many women in family planning, maternal and child health care, diagnosis and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, safe abortion and others.She said it is their hope that continuous partnership with their stakeholders will help reduce maternal mortality in accordance with the Millennium Development Goal 5.
The Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. McDamien Dedzo, in his speech lauded and recognised efforts made by private health centres in addressing the country’s health challenges.
He said in 2012, the region had 12% of health providers being privately owned hospitals,clinics,maternity homes and health centres.
Dr. Dedzo also revealed that the region recorded 130 maternal deaths in 2013 which was an increase over that of 2012 which was116.
He, however, commended Marie Stopes International for their handwork over the years and urged them to do more to benefit inhabitants of the region and Ghanaians at large.
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