Mahama promises to reduce maternal mortality

President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday announced that government had done a lot and would continue to provide facilities that would reduce the high rate of maternal mortality in the country.

He said in the initial phase, government had already established 1300 CHPS compounds to bring healthcare to the doorsteps of women in the rural areas.

President Mahama announced this when he contributed to the second Institute of Economic Affairs Presidential Debate in Ghana.

The Presidential debate is engaging only Political Parties that have representation in Parliament and therefore reduced it to the National Democratic Congress, New Patriotic Congress, Convention People’s Party and People’s National Convention.

President Mahama said maternal mortality was linked to the provision of other amenities and government would continue to provide motorable roads that would encourage private and commercial vehicles to transport patients to and from rural areas of the country.

He said in addition to those steps, government had also procured a total of 161 ambulances that were managed by the Ghana Ambulance Service to attend to emergency cases in the rural areas.

President Mahama said government was also establishing communication centres, where emergency cases could immediately be reported to health centres and the ambulance services to help prevent deaths.

The president said government had established a number of polyclinics and his administration was committed to increasing those facilities to ensure that many more people had adequate access to health facilities in the country.

Source: GNA

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