Adansi Asokwa District Achieves 0% Maternal Mortality Rate in 2023

By Sampson Manu || Obuasi Municipal, ISD II Contributor
Health Adansi Asokwa District Achieves 0 Maternal Mortality Rate in 2023
MAR 1, 2024 LISTEN

In a groundbreaking revelation, the Adansi Asokwa District Health Directorate has achieved a remarkable feat in maternal healthcare.

According to statistics unveiled during their 2023 Annual Performance Review, the district recorded a stunning 0% maternal mortality and stillbirth rate.

Maternal mortality, a pressing concern globally, refers to deaths resulting from pregnancy or childbirth complications. Despite a decline in global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) from 339 to 223 deaths per 100,000 live births between 2000 and 2020, the issue remains a critical focus.

David Kunta, the District Director of Health Services, attributed this success to a series of proactive measures implemented by the directorate. These measures include a swift referral system, dedicated midwives, and the innovative introduction of pregnancy schools, akin to Antenatal Care.

Highlighting the importance of effective referrals, Kunta stressed the necessity of transferring cases beyond the capacity of local health facilities to appropriate facilities promptly.

Furthermore, Kunta lauded the efforts of committed midwives, essential players in achieving this milestone. The introduction of pregnancy schools, an enhanced version of ANC, ensures the enrollment of every pregnant woman in the district, culminating in a certificate upon completion (delivery).

However, challenges persist, notably the outstanding debt owed to the district by the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) since 2021. Kunta appealed to NHIA management to resolve this issue promptly, as it affects the settlement of debts owed to regional medical stores.

Despite these challenges, the district has excelled in family planning, surpassing the national target of 40% with an impressive rate of 48.7%.

In a passionate plea to the government and prominent stakeholders, Kunta emphasized the urgent need for the renovation of healthcare facilities and improved staff accommodation. The inadequate infrastructure and housing situation have led some health workers to resort to makeshift facilities, impacting healthcare delivery.

The 2023 Annual Performance Review brought together representatives from all four sub-districts: Aboabo, Anhwiaso, Asokwa, and Fumso, showcasing their respective achievements in maternal and family healthcare.