Mother-Child Mortality Rate on the Rise-AAND Health Directotrate confirms
The Asante Akyem North District Health Directorate held its annual performance review at Pentecost International Worship Center's Hostel to digest its 2020 performance in the district.
The performance review was organized under the theme "Improving Maternal and Child Health Indicators in the midst of covid-19, the role of the health worker".
The District Health Director, Dr. Roland Miah, in his speech opined that, many pregnant women do not attend antenatal, so they don't get the needed medications and attention for safe delivery. He attributed the high rates of maternal deaths to untrained Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA's) who use the outmoded delivery method in this modern era resulting in the death of the pregnant mothers or lost of the babies.
Dr Miah affirms that, in order to curb this menace in the district, the health directorate has initiated a policy dubbed, "Operation calm down all TBAs" which will eradicate all untrained TBAs and give on the job training to who trained ones. This policy will further educate mothers to always seek antenatal care from accredited health facilities. This will give them proper healthcare, in order to know their delivery time and prepare towards it. When the education sinks down well expectant mothers will go to health facilities for safe delivery without complications.
To buttress the assertion of the District Health Director, the Akwansrɛfoɔhene of Agogo Traditional Council, Nana Afreh Agyekum, who represented the Paramount Chief of the Traditional Council, Nana Akuoko Sarpong, said that the traditional council will collaborate in whichever capacity with the Health Directorate campaign against the practice of the Traditional Birth
Attendants until there is zero mother-child mortality rate in district.