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Koforidua women praise JAK

Isaac Akwetey Koforidua - Ghanaian Chronicle
31 July 2008 | General News

Residents in the Koforidua Municipality, especially women (both young and old), have expressed their heart felt gratitude to President Kufour and his team of Ministers for the implementation of the Free Antenatal Care (FAC) for all pregnant women in the country.

They have therefore described the ruling New Patriotic Party's (NPP) administration as a listening and responsible government who has the interest of Ghanaians at heart.

The women made this known in an exclusive interview with the paper, when this reporter visited the Koforidua Central Hospital to find out how the exercise was faring.

Even though the women pledged their support to vote for the NPP government in order to retain the party in power, they called on any potential government in the near future to sustain the exercise and improve upon it, rather than sabotage it.

According to them, it would be important to ensure the sustainability of the exercise since women formed the majority of the population of the country.

The exercise, which kicked off on July 1, this year, and intends to take care of pregnant women in the country free of charge, has received positive signs in the Koforidua municipality.

It was revealed to the paper during the visit that the Hospital records more than 100 pregnant women in a day.

Speaking to this reporter, the Medical Superintendent of the Hospital, Dr. E. Apori Obeng, lauded the human feeling that the NPP government has attached to the health sector.

According to him, the introduction of the FAC would help to reduce birth related deaths that pregnant women go through during delivery as well as the spate of abortion, since the young ladies would have the opportunity to attend the Hospitals for free care.

He, however, appealed to Ghanaian women not to abuse the exercise by just getting pregnant without planning. He advised women to rather embark upon family planning which would help them take good care of their children. He also asked them to renew their NHIS cards when they expire, in order to enable them have continued health care.

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