The Ghana Well being Carrier (GHS) has taken supply of 139,000 maternal and kid well being document books to strengthen dietary standing amongst pregnant and lactating moms in addition to kids underneath age 5.
Passed over through the USAID, the document books had been to give a boost to counselling, information assortment and different crucial dietary and well being products and services wanted for right kind enlargement of newborns and their moms.
It used to be to be disbursed to 590 well being amenities throughout 17 districts within the Northern, North East, Higher East and Higher West areas.
Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director-Basic of the GHS, receiving the books, famous its significance to lowering neonatal and maternal deaths around the nation.
In keeping with him, even if the rustic used to be seeing a decline in maternal mortality, the numbers remained a fear therefore the will for stepped forward information taking pictures, carrier supply and information use to advance healthcare.
“These days, our maternal mortality charge is 360 in line with 100,000 reside births in line with the inhabitants and 118 from all our well being amenities once a year. We’re seeing a decline even if closing yearit went up relatively however we are hoping it additional decline this yr,” he said.
The Director-Basic mentioned Ghana wanted a minimum of 1.2 million maternal and kid well being document books once a year to advertise continuum of care amongst pregnant ladies, newborns and kids underneath 5.
“The guide is the one reputable guide for moms and newborns until they reach age 5. It serves as take a look at for being pregnant and right kind enlargement of the kid. It teaches the mummy what meals to offer to the kid relying at the age.
It additionally serves as identity card for small children that undergo our device, and knowledge is written in easy language to lend a hand oldsters recognize methods to correctly maintain their kids,” he mentioned.
Dr Kuma-Aboagye mentioned whilst the GHS had offered diet counselling products and services, pre and put up natal, in any respect its well being amenities, the guide would supplement efforts to verify neonatal, toddler and maternal mortalities had been lowered.
“We urge all pregnant ladies to consult with antenatal steadily, give delivery via talents delivery and patronise our kid welfare clinics to advertise just right well being and well-being of moms and newborns,” he prompt.
The Well being, Inhabitants and Diet Officer of USAID, Dr Zohra Balsara, mentioned the donation fell underneath the Company’s “Advancing Diet Ghana” programme which goals at addressing the issue of malnutrition and cut back the superiority of anaemia, stunt and wast some of the inhabitants.
“The document guide is helping moms and caregivers monitor products and services from being pregnant via to the kid’s first 5 years of existence to verify kids thrive. It has diet messages on hoe to devour properly all over being pregnant and hoe to feed a kid in addition to hygiene messages to advertise circle of relatives give a boost to,” she mentioned.