Anemia high among pregnant teenagers in Akatsi-North

Ave-Dakpa, March 5, GNA – Many pregnant teenagers who report for antenatal care at the Ave-Dakpa Health Centre, are anaemic.

They are, therefore, referred by that only centre in the Akatsi-North District, to major facilities elsewhere to deliver.

Dr Anthony Ashinyo, Akatsi-North District Director of Health, disclosed this in a Report presented on his behalf by Mr Joe Degley, Ketu-South Municipal Director of Health, during an Annual Review Meeting at Ave-Dakpa.

Dr Ashinyo recounted that out of the 112 teenage pregnancy cases reported in 2014, only 12 delivered at Ave-Dakpa, with the remaining 100 transferred out, because of the risk they faced, and that skilled delivery had drastically gone down from 131 in 2013 to 48 in 2014.

He said the use of alcohol and hard drugs, as well as early onset of sexuality and resultant early pregnancy, were    problems in the area.  

Dr Ashinyo mentioned inadequate funds, irregular National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) reimbursement, poor staffing, even at the Ave-Dakpa Health Centre, which is the only referral point for the CHPS Compounds, and transportation, as other problems.

He said OPD attendance improved from 15,499 in 2013 to 19,255 in 2014.

Dr Ashinyo said TB case detection also improved from four cases in 2014, to zero in 2013.

He announced that Mr Nortsu-Kotoe, Member of Parliament for the area, has donated eight motorbikes, and paid for the renovation of a four-unit staff quarters.

Dr Ashinyo commended the staff for their hard work, and urged them to maintain the present close collaboration, to step up health care in the young and deprived district.

Mr.   James Gunu, District Chief Executive, called for professionalism among the staff, and advised them to respect the dignity of all patients.

He also asked that the CHPs Compounds be supplied with basic drugs for minor illnesses, as complaints of no drugs had been reaching his office.


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