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Health News of Friday, 24 August 2018


Maternal mortality down – GSS

Ghana has recorded a decrease in maternal mortality and morbidity cases, as 98 per cent of pregnant women attended antenatal care.

This was revealed in the latest health survey conducted by the Ghana Statistical Service in urban and rural areas from the three zonal levels: coastal, middle and northern.

Mortality ratio reduced from 451 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2007 to 343 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2017.

Speaking at the launch of the 2017 Ghana Maternal Health Survey, College Medical Doctor at the College of Agriculture of the University of Education, Winneba, Dr John Kanyiri Yambah noted that childhood mortality has also seen a decline in children under 15 years of age.

Acting government statistician, Dr Baah Wadie, called for more to be done to further reduce the figures so that Ghana can achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.