The Northern Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Akwasi Twumasi has called for all stakeholders to join forces in working to reduce maternal mortality rate in the region. He indicated that the Regional Health Directorate has no capacity to work all alone in reducing maternal mortality hence the need for all stakeholders to come together.
Dr. Twumasi was speaking at the closing ceremony of a five (5) day Basic Trouble Shooting and Maintenance Training organised by Savana Signatures.
The training is part of activities being implemented under the Technology for Maternal Health Project funded by STAR Ghana.
The Director of Savana Signatures, Mr. John Stephen Agbenyo stated that Savana Signatures had already set up maternal health corners in six facilities (Tamale Teaching Hospital, Yendi hospital, Savelugu hospital, Kings Medical Center, Tamale Central and West hospitals) in four districts (Tamale, Tolon, Yendi and Savelugu) all located in the Northern Region. Mr. Agbenyo mentioned that each facility has been provided six computers that has been programmed with relevant information on maternal health for reference and research purposes. The project exist to introduce readily available, understandable maternal health information to expectant mothers at the 6 target health facilities to improve ready access to maternal health care information. The project, he said, would deliver weekly SMS to literate and audio messages (in Dagbali) to non-literate expectant mothers. Its monthly block knowledge sharing sessions would also allow mothers learn and share their experiences with each other and their midwives as well.
The 5 days training was aimed at equipping staff from each of the facilities (Tamale Teaching Hospital, Yendi hospital, Savelugu hospital, Kings Medical Center, Tamale Central and West hospitals) with the capacity to provide basic troubleshooting and maintenance of the ICT equipment installed at each facility
Later this year, Sixty (60) midwives and Community Health workers would also be capacitated in the use of ICT tools in designing and sharing maternal health information.