Transport operators join fight against maternal deaths

Nyinahin (Ash), May 14, GNA – Transport operators in the Atwima-Mponua District in the Ashanti Region, have expressed their commitment to join the fight to achieve zero-maternal deaths in the area.

The drivers, under a special arrangement with the district assembly, have accepted to provide transport services during pregnancy-related emergencies in the various communities at no cost to pregnant women.

They would additionally serve as back up to the ambulance service in obstetric referral cases.

The transport charges would be picked by the assembly.

Mr. Stephen Yeboah, District Chief Executive (DCE), said the move was significant, given the fact that, delay in getting medical attention was a major contributory factor to women dying in the course of child-birth.

One case of maternal death was recorded in the area during the first quarter of this year.

Atwima-Mponua, ranked among the most deprived districts in the Ashanti Region, has been grappling with bad roads, something that had become a huge drawback on efforts at improving the quality of healthcare to the people.

The DCE said all and sundry needed to work together to raise the quality of care to make things better for the population.

Mr. George Kwadwo Kyei-Afram, the District Health Director, said the arrangement tied in with the project by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), to enhance maternal and adolescent health through training of midwives in life-saving skills, and engaging transport unions in health emergencies.

Mr. Gabriel Apomasu Peprah, spokesperson for the driver associations, warned that their members, who refused to respond to any health emergency, would be sanctioned.


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