06.02.2008 Regional News

Northern Region records high maternal deaths

By GBC News
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Northern Region recorded over one hundred and twelve maternal deaths during the floods that devastated parts of Northern Ghana and the Brong Ahafo region last year. The Northern Regional Director of Health Services, Akwesi Tumasi said this at a day's advocacy seminar organized by United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) in Tamale.

The seminar was the theme: “The floods disaster in the Northern Region: Response to the sexual and reproductive health needs. The seminar was a collaboration between the Ministry of Health (MOH), UNICEF, WHO, the World Food Programme (WFP), the Red Cross and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO). Dr Tumasi said the floods rendered a lot of communities inaccessible to the health workers to give medical attention to the pregnant women, adding that, about 90 percent of the deaths could have been prevented.

The Karaga District Director of Health, Mrs Abiba Daison,in a presentation said out of two hundred and two communities in the district, ninety-three were severally affected by the floods and her medical team was able to gain access to only eleven communities

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