Bawku Presbyterian Hospital in the Upper East Region recorded 20 maternal deaths in the past two years.
Statistics from the maternity department of the hospital show that six mothers died in 2014 while 10 mothers lost their lives and babies in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
The deaths were the highest figure of maternal deaths in the hospital in recent times.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Bawku, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Clement Opong, attributed the cause of the maternal mortality to poor or non-patronage of antenatal care during pregnancy and unsafe abortion.
Dr Opong urged pregnant women to seek the right medical care and avoid consulting quack doctors as that was dangerous to their health.
He asked mothers to seek early health care when they were in labour and avoid delay as that had over the years been a major cause of maternal mortality in the area.
“Pregnant women at antenatal services are advised on how to take care of themselves, best foods to eat, exercises and good hygiene. They are also monitored and treated for any diseases and infections they might get and with all this, unsafe abortions and maternal mortality will be eradicated from the communities,” he said.
Meanwhile, the hospital witnessed a high number of deliveries where a total number of 2,717 mothers were delivered of 2,744 babies in 2016, as against 2,654 deliveries in 2014 and 2,601 deliveries in 2015.
Out of the 2,744 babies born last year, 1,444 were male while 1,300 were females.
Dr Opong called on the community and other social agents to embark on reproductive health education to protect the reproductive rights of young girls in the area as child marriage had become rampant and needed urgent attention.
The Deputy Director of Nursing Services in charge of the maternity ward, Madam Alima Seidu, said the ward was under-staffed, and that had contributed to poor service delivery in the area.
Madam Seidu said the number of midwives at the department was too low and unable to meet the services demanded by the clients, and that had become a source of worry to both the service provider and the clients.
She called on the government, philanthropists and non-governmental organisations to help the maternity ward carry out its responsibilities.
Source: Daily Graphic
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