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08.08.2005 Health

Support Pregnant Wives - Husbands Urged

GNA

Apam (C/R), Aug. 8, GNA - A Foundation Fellow of the Ghana College of Surgeons, Dr. Charles Ntsiamoah Takyi, has called on men to give maximum support to their pregnant wives during pregnancy period. Such support should include adequate financial and moral backing and personal involvement in the clinical activities of expectant women. Besides, men should also see to it that drugs and directives given to their pregnant partners were properly administered to avoid complications.

Dr Takyi who is the leader of the Central Regional Task Force on Maternal Mortality, was speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview at Apam on the strides chalked up by the task force since its inception a year ago.

He said these are the type of comfort that pregnant women required to ensure safe delivery in our hospitals and clinics and also to make the battle against maternal mortality to succeed.

Dr. Takyi said it is the responsibility of all men to involve themselves in the crusade against maternal mortality so that the problem could be curbed from the country's health delivery system. He stressed the need for Queen mothers and other women advocacy groups to assist in drawing programmes to regularly sensitise pregnant women and young girls, especially those in the rural communities to save them from the grips of maternal deaths.

Dr. Takyi said if the problem could not be totally eliminated from the system, proper handling of pregnant women could reduce the rate of maternal mortality drastically.

The Regional Task Force leader who is also the Medical Superintendent in-charge of the Apam Catholic Mission Hospital, said the group had scored an appreciable results since it was established, and commended the Regional Director of the Ghana Health Services, Dr Aaron Offei, and the Deputy Director of Reproductive Health in the Region, Dr. Henrietta Odoi-Agyarko for instituting the task force.

Dr. Takyi also praised the team spirit of other members of the task force, Mrs Bertha Boakye-Agyemang, Deputy Director in-charge of Nursing Services in the Region and Dr Seth Adu, a Gynaecologist.

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