As a result of prudent measures and strategies instituted by the District Assembly and the District Health Management Team (DHMT), the Techiman North District of the Brong Ahafo Region recorded Zero maternal death from 2017 to mid-year 2018.

Mr. Peter Mensah, District Chief Executive for Techiman North, made this known in an address during a Town Hall Meeting at Tuobodom to explain Government policies and programmes to the people in the District.

The DCE disclosed that more health facilities were being constructed to meet the health needs of the people.

He said the health facilities included two Community Health-based Planning Service (CHPS) Compounds funded by the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) which were under construction with 40% work done at Krobo and Nyansuaka.

Mr Stephen Nyarko-Ameyaw, District Health Director for Techiman North, noted that in 2017 and from January to June (mid-year) 2018, no death was recorded in a total of 799 supervised deliveries.

Mr Nyarko-Ameyaw attributed the success story to effective supervision, education and early referral system as well as other strategies including routine activities to provide anti-malaria drugs (PT) and anti-tetanus injection to pregnant women.  

He said DHMT also educated pregnant women on diet and provided them with multivite and iron to improve their hemoglobin levels.

He said the District Health Directorate was working hard to gradually achieve one of United Nations Fund for Population Activities’ (UNPFA’s) vision where ‘every childbirth is safe’ through Safe motherhood (Antenatal care, safe delivery & postnatal care).

In pursuit of that goal, Mr Nyarko-Ameyaw said, pregnant or expectant mothers were being encouraged to visit/attend health facilities regularly and to seek medical attention, while the relatives of pregnant or expectant mothers were also urged to ensure that their pregnant mothers attended hospitals for their health needs.

Mr Imoro Ayibani Tebra, Regional Information Officer, explained that the Town Hall Meeting was one of the tools used to deepen and ensure participatory democracy and good governance.  

Mr Tebra noted that Stakeholder consultation, participation, collective decision making and accountability were the main pillars on which decentralization thrived.

He said government believed in an all-inclusive governance system and was using the Town Hall Meetings as a central part of its governance machinery to offer accountability and transparency to the people.

He, therefore, urged the people to actively participate in the discussion, devoid of partisan politics.

The Town Hall programme was organized by the Ministry of Information (MoI) and the Information Services Department (ISD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

Source: ISD (Imoro Ayibani Tebra)