For the first time in Ghana, five health professional groups have come together to form a Maternal and Newborn Health Professionals Society. The society is intended to harmonise the national efforts to ensure no woman or baby's life is at risk during childbirth.
Nigeria has made another, yet to be kept, financial promise to family planning. It is the same case with other promises like allocating 15% of national budget to develop the health system. If health is wealth and our health system is weak, how then can we be wealthy as a nation? Find out why the government must fulfil commitments made.
As members of the public, we were left in a state of shock when we heard that the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has recorded 1,130 maternal deaths between 2005 and June 2013. This unfortunate statistic released by administrators of the hospital in October is worrying.
Regardless of education, this is how neighbourhood or family influence over medical advice may carry dangerous consequence for pregnant women and their newborns.
This is what we know, we lose 1 Sierra Leonean baby every 47 minutes and 5 women everyday in our country do not survive during child birth. The irony is this, giving life literally becomes a coin toss and yet the solutions to reducing the probability of death can be prevented if we had safe clinics that our women could deliver in.