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(KORO) LAMBUSIIE KARNI: Chiefs urged to investigate maternal related deaths

The Upper West Regional Director of Health Service, Dr. Alexis Nang-Beifubah, has appealed to traditional rulers to investigate all maternal related deaths in their communities and punish husbands whose negligence resulted in the death of their pregnant wives.


Date Created : 12/11/2009 8:02:41 AM : Story Author : GhanaDistrict.Com

The Upper West Regional Director of Health Service, Dr. Alexis Nang-Beifubah, has appealed to traditional rulers to investigate all maternal related deaths in their communities and punish husbands whose negligence resulted in the death of their pregnant wives.     

He said 34 pregnant women had died from January to June and said about 40 per cent of the women who arrived at the hospital stayed less than 24 hours before they passed away.   

Dr. Nang-Beifubah said this during the inauguration of a Community Health Planning Service (CHPS) Compound at Koro in the Lambussie/Karni District on Wednesday.   

The CHPS Compound would provide health services to about 400 people in the community, who hitherto were far away from any health facility.   

Dr. Nang-Beifubah said it had come to the notice of the health authorities that many of the maternal deaths recorded in the region were either as result of neglect on the part of husbands or the consequences of some traditional and cultural beliefs.   

He appealed to married men to take active interest in the health of their wives, especially pregnant women to ensure that they deliver successfully.   

He called on the Lambussie/Karni District Assembly to commit more resources into the provision of CHPS Compounds and the sponsorship of nursing trainees to help make health delivery accessible to the people.   

Dr. Nang-Beifubah appealed to the people to patronise the National Health Insurance Scheme and also levy members of the communities to raise funds to establish the "Community Emergency Transport System" to help transport referral cases to the hospitals.

 

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