Suhum (E/R), April 19, GNA - Ninety health volunteers selected and trained by the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) to help improve child and maternal health in the Suhum Municipal have been presented with working kits at Suhum in the Eastern Region.
Among the items presented to the volunteers included; bicycles, raincoats, a pair of wellington boots and some essential items for their work.
The project; which is being implemented by PPAG in collaboration with the Ministry of Health is being funded by TAKEDA Company of Japan through the Japanese Organisation for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP).
Speaking at the ceremony, the Municipal Director of Health Services for Suhum, Mr Fredrick Kwame Ofosu called on the volunteers to play their expected role to ensure the success of the project.
He reminded them that through their education, the project is expected to help reduce maternal and child mortality in the municipality by the end of the project in 2022.
Mr Ofosu said the project is expected to increase the number of supervised deliveries in the municipality, improved attendance of pregnant women to antenatal and post natal clinics and continuous attendance to health facilities for their health care after delivery up to two years.
Mr Ofosu said, the project is also expected to help to reduce teenage pregnancy in the municipality and help increase the practice of family planning.
In a speech read on her behalf, Ms Abena Acheampong, the Executive Director of PPAG explained that, the project became necessary as it was observed that, after several interventions, the maternal mortality of the municipality got stacked at 29 deaths per 1,000 life births.
She said, this called for the use of advance equipment and improved knowledge and skills hence the project.
Ms Acheampong urged the volunteers and health personnel participating in the project to share the knowledge they have acquired in the course of their training with their colleagues.
Nene Turkson Coffie, Odikro of Suhum Ali, a suburb of Suhum, on behalf of chiefs of communities where the volunteers were selected, pledged the support of the traditional authorities in the municipality to ensure the success of the project.
Mr Thomas Dododza, the Project Coordinator said, another 90 volunteers and 150 peer educators would be trained to help extend the project to cover greater part of the municipality.
In his closing remarks, Nana Darko Ampem called for further training of health workers and explained that in most cases, the challenges associated with maternal and child mortalities were created by negligence of some health workers.