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Saint Theresa’s Catholic Hospital records 290 unsafe abortions in 2012
From: Ghana l GNA          Published On: February 14, 2013, 02:00 GMT
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Saint Theresa’s Catholic Hospital records 290 unsafe abortions in 2012
The Saint Theresa’s Catholic Hospital at Nkoranza in the Brong-Ahafo Region recorded 290 unsafe abortions and five maternal deaths in 2012.

Within the period 2,473 cases of malaria were recorded as the highest disease.

Dr Oduro Oppong Nkrumah, Medical Officer at the hospital, said this at the Annual Health Performance Review Meeting of about 100 stakeholders in health at Nkoranza.

He said the high rate of abortion cases was among the youth and sexually active persons between 20-29 years.

Dr Nkrumah said although the hospital recorded five maternal deaths, supervised deliveries were encouraging as more than 2,000 pregnant women visited the health facilities to deliver.

He said the hospital had been monitoring health records of teenagers between 10-17 years with the necessary attention to save their lives before developing complications during pregnancy.

In addition, health personnel surveillance covered women above 35 years who were at risk when they become pregnant, especially those who become pregnant after four deliveries.

Madam Ibrahim Salamatu, Nkoranza South Municipal Director of Health Services, commended the community-based health surveillance volunteers and the traditional birth attendants for supporting health personnel to save lives in the communities.

She expressed concern about the low patronage of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in some communities as some nursing mothers refused to send their children for the exercise.

Madam Salamatu stressed the need for men to encourage their wives to patronise the EPI to enhance the health needs of their children because the development and upbringing of children were shared responsibilities.

Madam Justina Chana, Matron in-charge of the hospital, appealed to people who sent pregnant women to the hospital for delivery to bring along some family members to donate blood to save the lives of such women when needed.

She expressed regret about how some pregnant women died for lack of blood for transfusion on time.

Madam Chana called on women in the area to patronise family planning services to check unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions as well as sexually-transmitted infections.

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