In a small town in the Bosomtwe District of the Ashanti region, maternal mortality has become rife among the over 900 population there. An average of 5 innocent and poor women die from birth related complications every year in this part of Ghana since 2009. (Records available at the District Directorate of Health)
This is partly because indigenes especially pregnant women have to travel long distances to access health care in near-by towns.
The only health post erected by a local Methodist church some twenty years ago is in a deplorable state.
Nyameani Methodist Clinic started as a maternal health centre so till now takes care of issues relating to mothers.
It lacks some important medical equipment coupled with inadequate staff needed for effective healthcare delivery.
Patients, especially pregnant women, have had to contend with the inadequacy at the hospital; a situation that leaves them almost always in difficult situations.
Health officials complain about challenges in referring pregnant women to near-by hospitals since the clinic has no ambulance service.
The clinic for years has neither a physician assistant nor a doctor to operate the facility.
Nurses have had to perform multiple tasks and sometimes administer health care assistance.
District Director of health, Joseph Adomako explains that the unfavorable conditions could be blamed for the worrying trend.
But the story might be different after the clinic saw it first refurbishment by a water company, Voltic Ghana limited since establishment.
The company undertook a facelift project as part of its community development initiative at the cost of 80 thousand Ghana Cedis.
Hospital equipment such as wheel chairs, oxygen cylinders, stretchers, delivery sets and beds, infant resuscitation bags, stethoscopes, clinical thermometers, bed linens, sterilizers, were handed to the clinic.
Corporate and Legal Affairs Manager, Ms. Adjoba Kyiamah, believes the gesture will augment health care delivery in the community.
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