Inter-regional stakeholders review meeting on Newborn care held in Bolgatanga
| Updated Jul 31, 2018 at 9:28am
The Upper East Regional Director of the Ghana Health Services, Dr. Winfred Ofosu, says the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, mainly goal three (3) offers players in the health sector a window of opportunity to end preventable deaths of newborn and children under 5 years of age, reduce newborn deaths to less than twelve (12) per thousand live births and under five (5) mortality to less than twenty-five (25) per thousand live births.
He said the positive outcomes of implementing the Mother Baby Friendly Health Initiative, MBFHI, can serve as useful guides to meet the target of reaching every newborn.
Dr. Ofosu who made assertion at an inter-regional stakeholders review meeting on newborn care in Bolgatanga, said the active participation of stakeholders in the annual review meetings is one good practice that has to be sustained.
He said the theme of the review meeting which is “Reaching every Newborn, Count down to 2030; don’t leave me out” reinforces of the priority areas of focus under the National Newborn Health Strategy and Action Plan 2014-2018.
He said the focus area aims at addressing inequalities in maternal and newborn care; promoting scale-up and sustainability and more importantly, implementing a strong Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy where every baby is counted.
Dr. Ofosu said the rollout of the pilot project in one municipality and three districts in the Upper East Region, there has been much improvement in the mortality indicators.
He said still birth rate has reduced from 1.5 per 1,000 live births in 2016 to 1.3 per 1,000 live births in 2017.
According to Dr. Ofosu, newborn deaths have reduced from 7.7 per 1,000 live births in 2017 to 6.4 per 1,000 live births in 2018.
The Upper East Regional Minister, Rockson Ayine Bukari, said government is working to strengthen the critical area of emergency health care services through the procurement of 275 ambulances this year.
He stated that the National Ambulance Service will undergo expansion in human resources to make services more accessible to all segments of the population needed.
Mr. Bukari said President Akufo-Addo’s led administration will continue to count on the active support of all stakeholders to reach all newborns with quality health services.
He commended UNICEF and KOICA for supporting the implementation of the quality improvement project and all other stakeholders who played one role or the other.
The event brought together players in the health sector across the three regions of the north.
Story by GBC’s Samuel Ayammah