Awutu Beraku (C/R), Jan. 7, GNA - One maternal
death and ten still births were recorded in Awutu-Senya District in 2016.
Mrs. Patricia Antwi, Awutu-Senya District Director of Health Service (DDHS), disclosed in an address delivered at the 2016 health performance review meeting, under the theme; “Building on gains made from strengthening Sub District Health Systems” organized by the Service at Awutu Beraku.
She advocated for pregnant women to seek early antenatal care and to deliver in accredited health facilities.
She said the importance of regular antenatal checks helped to ascertain the health of the mother and the fetus, and to identify and manage danger signs if any.
According to her, during the year under review their major priorities were to strengthen Senya, Bontrase, Bawjiase, Papaase, and Awutu Health Centers which were the Sub District Health Teams, improve quality of health care including mental health service in all health facilities, increase access to reproduction health service and family planning services.
The rest were to improve prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, increase geographical access to health care through the CHPS initiative and upgrading Bawjiase Health Centre to the status of a Polyclinic.
She commended the sub-district teams for performing their duties effectively and efficiently that enable the District Health Management Team to achieve almost all the targets and objectives set for 2016.
Under Clinical Care, the DDHS said they have established mental health units at Bawjiase and Senya Beraku Health Centres, a Laboratory at Bontrase Health Centre to improve on diagnosis and management of patients who visit the facility.
Mrs Antwi stated that Out Patient Department (OPD) per capital for 2016 was 0.7, adding that the ten top diseases recorded in the District were preventable and they included malaria, upper respiratory tract infections, skin diseases, rheumatism, intestinal worms, road transport injures, home injuries and hypertension.
She stressed the need for people to adopt and practice healthy lifestyle habits, such as to sleep under insecticide treated mosquito nets, hand washing with soap and water, drinking a lot of water and exercising regularly.
She said with regard to disease control, a total of 18,344 children were de-wormed, while immunization coverage increased from 95% in 2015 to 106% in 2016 and added that the district detected two cases of non-polio and five cases of suspected measles.
“Two suspected cholera cases were identified and in collaboration with the district environmental health department we managed them,” she said.
Family planning coverage increased from 18.6% in 2015 to 30.9% in 2016, while skilled delivery also increased from 70.8% to 82.9 percent in 2016 and Family Planning coverage also increased from 18.6% in 2015 to 30.9 % in 2016, Mrs. Antwi added.