2017: 105 pregnant women died in Eastern Region

Eastern Region seems to be loosing the fight against maternal mortality as the region continues to record high maternal deaths.

105 maternal deaths have been recorded as at Epi week 49, that’s from January to November, 2017.

Sixty-one of the maternal deaths were recorded from January to June, 2017, out of 31,380 deliveries within the period.

An audit report on the maternal deaths recorded in the region during the mid year review by Maternal and Perinatal Mortality Audit Implementation Tracking Committee highlighted Eclampsia /Hypertensive disease in pregnancy, Hemorrhage, Amniotic fluid, unsafe abortion, and HIV/AIDS as the top five causes of the maternal deaths recorded in the region.

The audit report also indicated 89% of the maternal deaths were avoidable because 53% were health worker related, while 36% were as a result of facility/administration related which included lack of ambulance, oxygen, resuscitation equipment

Complaints of negligence, challenges of accessibility, and concerns by the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health Care in the region, have been catalogued in this report.

By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Kojo Ansah