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23.03.2009 Health

Reduction in deliveries at health centres in Kintampo South

By gna

Births recorded at health centres in the Kintampo South District in the Brong Ahafo Region, has reduced despite the existence of government's free antenatal and delivery policy.

Madam Vida Obeng Owusu, a Senior Nurse at the Delivery Ward at the District Hospital at Jema, in an interview with GNA at Jema, attributed the situation to illiteracy and inadequate information on the essence of going to health centres for delivery.

She said the ward recorded 22 deliveries in January, 19 in February and 14 as at March 18 2009, as compared to 27, 29 and 18, respectively, during the same period in 2008.

Madam Owusu said that when the policy was introduced in the latter part of 2008 the number of deliveries increased and wondered why pregnant women had accepted to be delivered of their babies outside health centres.

She said that it was possible that some pregnant women in the rural areas had relied on trained traditional birth attendants.