10.03.2005 General News

Govt Absorbs Child Delivery Expenses

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The Government has decided to absorb all expenses on child delivery in public health institutions and registered private medical facilities.

The decision forms part of the Government's effort to improve healthcare delivery in the country.

Speaking at the opening of a three-day performance review meeting of the Ashanti regional office of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in Kumasi yesterday, Dr. Kofi Asare, the Ashanti regional director of the service, said the decision was also intended to help eliminate complications associated with child delivery and reduce the rate of child mortality in the country.

Dr Asare stressed the need to distribute midwives equitably across the less endowed communities and also train more to help make the policy a success.

He said the unavailability of the required number of midwives in the rural communities had led to congestion at various regional and district hospitals.

He advised midwives to remain focused on their chosen fields and stop venturing into other areas of the nursing profession where they had no expertise.

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