The move, according to her is expected to curb child and maternal mortality which have assumed an alarming proportion in the country.
Dr. Appiah-Nkansah said this at a maternal health forum and book launch in Takoradi.
It was organised by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in conjunction with Paragon FM, a Takoradi-based radio station on the theme, “Support Mothers and Babies to Survive".
Dr. Appiah-Nkansah who spoke on Neo-Natal Health, stressed the need for training and re-training of health personnel and to make maternal health a priority to divert attention from patronising the services of traditional birth attendants (TBAs).
She disclosed that one new born baby dies in every 15 minutes, but stated that under five mortality rate had improved over the last decade.
Dr. Appiah-Nkansah was sure that the goals of the Ghana New-born Health Strategy Action Plan would be vigorously pursued to reduce neo-natal mortality rate in the country.
Mrs Joyce Kwegyina Sutherland, Metropolitan Health Director, appealed to health workers to improve on their attitudes towards clients to attract more expectant mothers to access their services.
She said the list of items to be bought by expectant mothers was too long and urged health workers to do away with certain demands.
Mrs Sutherland was worried that some health personnel worked to the best of their abilities in private hospitals but did not replicate the same working habits at government hospitals.
A Senior Technical Officer at the Western Regional Disease Surveillance Office of the Ghana Health Service, Mr Obed Bangdome Ofori, who conducted a qualitative research on maternal mortality in seven communities in the Bibiani Anhwiaso District said only 56 per cent of births were attended to 2,700 expectant mothers die in Ghana every year.
He reiterated that the poor and unfriendly attitudes of health personnel was the major cause of maternal mortality in the country.