The Second Lady, Mrs Samira Bawumia, on Thursday launched ‘The Safe Delivery Project’ in the East Gonja Municipality, aimed at helping reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in the area.
The second lady, through the Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Project (SEHP) is aimed at contributing to the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality through training, education as well as provision of well-resourced birth kits to expectant mothers.
The project dubbed: “Promoting safe deliveries and ensuring healthy infants; Securing our future”, seeks to improve the survival of mothers and newborns, by tackling the causes of maternal and neonatal mortality, particularly Postpartum Hemorrhage, Hypertensive disorders, as well as Infections.
Mrs Bawumia speaking at the launch at Salaga, said the project sought to transform the lives of expectant mothers as well as improve their reproductive health to ensure the achievement of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals’ target of 70 per 100,000 births worldwide.
She said the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) continued to implement evidence based and high impact interventions aimed at reducing the high incidence of maternal and neonatal mortality.
Mrs Bawumia indicated that, despite the gains made at reducing the incidence of maternal and neonatal cases in the country, health institutions were hampered with challenges such as inadequate funding, lack of adequate human resource and insufficient supplies.
As part of the project, the second lady presented birth kits to some registered expectant mothers who were within their third trimester of pregnancy to help ensure safe deliveries.
The birth kits contains supplies such as methylated spirit, sterile blade, delivery mat, a pair of sterile gloves, gauze swabs, cord ties, combined dressing, name tag, cord clamp, cot sheet, baby hat as well as medicated soap.
Over the next few years, SEHP aims to provide up to 100,000 well-resourced birth kits to expected mothers in the country to help reduce the incidence of maternal and neonatal mortality.
Mr Salifu Saeed, the Northern Regional Minister in a speech read on his behalf, said primary health was paramount towards the development of the country, urging residents to take every opportunity of the project to improve health care in the area.
He said the vast region, coupled with the poor road network to various health facilities and the inability to absorb adequate trained health personnel poses challenges in the health sector affecting health care delivery in the Region.
Mr Mohammed Tamimu, Municipal Chief Executive (DCE) for East Gonja gave the assurance that the Assembly would partner the Health Directorate to ensure the effective implementation and monitoring of the project.
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