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Health News of Thursday, 17 November 2011

Source: GNA

Lack of adequate trained personnel causing maternal deaths in UWR

Wa, Nov.17, GNA - Alhaji Issahaque Salia, Upper West Regional Minister, says the lack of adequate critical medical personnel to man health facilities remained a major challenge to addressing maternal death in the Region.

He said four out of the nine districts in the Region had no hospitals, while few doctors were at post with some districts having to do with one doctor manning district hospitals.

Midwives manning health facilities in the communities were aged and often over burdened by the large numbers of pregnant women who attend health facilities to deliver.

Alhaji Salia was briefing stakeholders in the health sector on the maternal health situation in the Region during the launch of the "Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa" by Dr. Ernestina Naadu Mills, the First lady, in Wa on Tuesday.