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14.08.2004 Health

Seven out of 1000 pregnant women die

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Accra, 14 August, GNA - Seven out of every 1000 pregnant women die out of delivery complications at the Korle-Bu and the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospitals.
Dr Kennedy Brightson of the Korle-Bu hospital said this on Saturday when the Women's Health Foundation (WHF), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) comprising medical doctors, nurses and paramedics offered free medical examination, counselling and other services to women at the Makola Market, in Accra
Dr Brightson, who is a member of the Foundation, said many of the deaths could be prevented with counselling on women's health. He said the Foundation aimed at ensuring no woman suffered from cancer and died from childbirth within the next five to 10 years in the country.
The Medical Officer said the exercise revealed that many of the women had varying degrees of diseases such as cancer, hypertension, diabetes and asthma.
Dr Brightson said a number of them especially those above 45 years also had vaginal discharge.
He said the Foundation offered medicines and referred those with vaginal discharge to gynaecologists at Korle-Bu and La Government Hospital for further treatment
He attributed the vaginal discharge partly to the insertion of concoction and advised them to put a stop to the practice. Dr Brightson said the Foundation would go to rural areas to offer free medical examination and counselling and called on women to make themselves available.
He advised women to visit hospitals regularly to prevent minor health problem from leading into complications and thanked the Unique Trust Financial Services for their support.
The Medical Officer urged individuals and benevolent organisations to support the Foundation to achieve its aim

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