US delegation meets Ghana’s First Lady on health and development

Mrs. Naadu Mills

A 10-member delegation from the United States of America on Thursday called on Ghana’s First Lady Dr Mrs Ernestina Naadu Mills  to discuss health and developmental issues and ways of strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

The five-day visit, facilitated by Care, a global humanitarian organization, and funded by Bill and Melinda Gates, will inform the delegation about Ghana’s successful integrating programmes that raised awareness on health, education, gender, and nutrition for Ghanaians.

Briefing the media after the closed door meeting, US Congressman, Bobby Rush, commended the First Lady for her efforts in addressing maternal and reproductive health issues in Ghana.

He said nutrition was the foundation for good health but it was mostly overlooked when using indices and indicated “Malnutrition is a challenge not only in Ghana but world-wide and if a mother is malnourished, it will certainly affect her productivity and the health of the unborn child.”

Congressman Rush said reproductive health, agriculture, teenage pregnancy, unemployment and family planning issues were also discussed.

He noted that Ghana had made impressive strides towards achieving several Millennium Development Goal targets by 2015, but the challenges still remained.

While in Ghana, the delegation will visit district hospitals, meet medical staff at clinics and speak to volunteers and local leaders on the mobilization of communities to secure access to quality care for women and their families.

The group will also visit neighbouring Liberia, which has its own challenges but making efforts to overcome them.

First Lady Naadu Mills expressed appreciation to the delegation, and enumerated the challenges being faced by pregnant women.

She cited inadequate health facilities in the rural areas, unmotorable roads leading to health facilities as some of the problems.

Mrs Mills pledged her commitment to ensure every community had a health post and ensure that reproductive health was taught in all schools from the basic level.

The group and the First Lady exchanged gifts and souvenirs.

Source: GNA

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